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A standing committee of ESL/ELD Resource Group of Ontario. 

Welcome to ORNG (Ontario Reception Network Group). ORNG is a network of school board designated educators who will meet twice a year to explore, share, and advocate for effective practice in reception and initial assessment of newcomer students and/or ELLs to the Ontario school system. 

Following Ministry of Education ESL/ELD Policy, newcomer students must complete initial language and math assements before starting school.  Ontario school boards offer a variety of welcoming and registration procedures. 

 Large school boards offer central welcome centres where registration and initial language and math assessments are completed before newcomer students can start at their neighbourhood school.  Other school boards have itinerant teachers that visit each school to assist with registration of newcomers and initial language and math assessments.  

Some school boards assess only secondary students while others assess both elementary and secondary newcomers.  These decisions are dependent on the numbers and size of the school board.  
Next Upcoming ORNG Meeting:  Fall 2020

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Contact ORNG to request information or to offer suggestions.

Email ORNG Lead:

Armen Garabedian

York-Region District School Board


ORNG Resources

For teachers with initial math and language assessment responsibilities.