Improving Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) for Mature Students seeking the Ontario Secondary School Diploma

Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. No fee.
Grand Hotel & Suites, Toronto, ON

The Ontario Ministry of Education is conducting a series of discussions with relevant stakeholders in the education sector on potential revisions to its PLAR policy for Mature Students seeking the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

We have heard that in some instances, adults who have completed some postsecondary education, or have a postsecondary education credential, are still required to have a high school diploma in order to gain employment or promotion. Through an enhanced PLAR for Mature Students process, we want to ensure that all relevant learning is consistently recognized towards the OSSD, so that duplication of learning is minimized and pathways to employment are more seamless.

The goal of the policy revision is to facilitate greater recognition of all adult learning, both formal and informal, for credit towards the OSSD. This work supports Ontario’s Lifelong Learning and Skills Plan, which seeks to achieve a more integrated, learner-focused Adult Education System for Ontario. This session is an opportunity for interested stakeholders from all educational levels and jurisdictions to learn about the secondary level PLAR process in Ontario, share experiences on their PLAR policies, and to provide input on potential policy revisions in Ontario. This session is free and open to anyone who might be interested in participating.