What's that old saying? "If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck."
In 1997 Lorna Earl helped design the first EQAO standardized tests for students in grades-three, six, nine, and ten. Eventually she was appointed by Dalton McGuinty's government to become a board member for EQAO.
Recently, it has been found that Earl is a director at Aporia, a consultancy business, to help school boards improve student performance in the classroom. While this may or may not be the same as getting the students to perform better on the EQAO tests, Aporia would not be able to the same kind of service to the school boards without the use of the EQAO assessment data for each school--assessment data designed by Lorna Earl.
Right now, Aporia is dependent of the EQAO test results when offering its services to the school boards. Lorna Earl who is a director at Aporia is also a board member of EQAO. That seems like a conflict of interest to me.