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Normalizing Social inequity Through Educational Testing: The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test as a Case Example

Sonja C. Grover.

This paper suggests that schools often perpetuate and normalize social inequity by creating ever new barriers to education for disadvantaged youth. One such barrier is standardized testing such as the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test; a prerequisite for high school graduation in Ontario, Canada. It is argued that government’s promise of “accountability” of the schools to the public is largely an empty one for a certain segment of society insofar as there is insufficient accountability to disadvantaged youth and their families


Sonja C. Grover  (Canada)
associate professor
faculty of Education
Lakehead University

Dr. Grover is an associate professor in Education at Lakehead University. She is also a certified psychologist. Her research area is in children's rights.

  • Social Justice
  • Inequity
  • Disadvantaged Youth
  • Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test
  • Educational Opportunity

(Virtual Presentation, English)