Gilles Arsenault

Gilles Arsenault, president, P.E.I. Teachers' Federation, says he has not yet seen the English Language School Board's new strategic plan. (CBC)

The P.E.I. Teachers' Federation won't comment on the English Language School Board's new strategic plan until its union has seen the document.

The board shared some of the details of the new approach with CBC News Thursday.

Teachers will be asked to track whether students have the key skills in language arts and math from kindergarten through Grade 9. New intervention strategies and a redesigned report card will be introduced as well.

Federation president Gilles Arsenault says he hasn't see the plan yet, but he did talk to a number of teachers at six schools where the new strategy was piloted last year.

He says some teachers had concerns about workload, but he says he wants to study and discuss the plan with his executive team before commenting.

This week, for the first time, the union did discuss the policy of passing students on to the next grade without achieving the required learning.

While Arsenault says there is some concern from his executive whether there are adequate resources to help a student catch up after being moved ahead, he says he'll comment once he gets the new strategic plan. Board officials say the new approach should  also help placed students who could be falling through the cracks. 

The board is expected to release the report to the public by the end of the month.