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Curriculum: The Ontario curriculum outlines what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in a subject. It is used mainly by teachers and educators but is available to everyone.

Curriculum Development and Implementation

The Ministry of Education is responsible for developing curriculum, while school boards and schools manage the implementation. Having province-wide curriculum and assessment policies provides for consistent planning, implementation, evaluation and reporting of student learning and achievement across school boards.

Curriculum is based on research into teaching methods and learning approaches in other parts of Canada and the world. Curriculum development also involves in-depth consultations with a wide range of individuals and organizations, such as educators, students, parents, subject experts, education stakeholders and Indigenous partners. Curriculum is fact-checked by academics and other experts prior to release.

Ontario’s curriculum is designed to be current, relevant and balanced. It is set up to provide a continuum of learning where students develop, refine and demonstrate their skills and knowledge from Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Teachers, with the direction from their school board and school:

  • plan units of study
  • develop a variety of teaching approaches and strategies
  • select appropriate resources to address the curriculum expectations and meet the needs and abilities of the students in their classes.

If you have any questions about what your child is learning, you can contact their teacher or principal.