1859 Exams

  • Children Sitting in Classroom at Desks

    Compulsory Testing

    Students in Toronto schools wrote a minimum of two exams known as the Usual Summer and Usual Winter Exams. Attendance was spotty until the exams were made compulsory in 1860. Students could be promoted after successfully passing either exam. Promotion to the next level of study was not automatic and students could spend several years in the same grade if they had not mastered the required skills.

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    Black and white photograph

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    Black and white photo of a class of young students, some sitting at desks, others standing at back