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The report, by parent advocacy group People for Education, found that 47 per cent of secondary and 50 per cent of elementary schools have a cap on the number of students they can recommend for assessment. To read the full report, click here.
The caps were most common in Eastern Ontario, where 80 per cent of elementary schools reported having one in place. Across Ontario, school board psychologists are being stretched thin, and most schools see just a handful of students – often just three or four – assessed each year. Principals are forced to prioritize the neediest cases, and parents are being driven to pay privately to have their children assessed, a process which can cost as much as $2,500.