The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has released the results of the 2016-17 annual assessments completed in grades 3, 6, 9 and 10 for the last school year.
The EQAO assessments focus on the areas of reading, writing and mathematics for grades 3 and 6, and mathematics for grade 9. The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) assesses grade 10 students’ proficiency in reading and writing.
Reading and writing results remain strong for both Peel District School Board (PDSB) and Dufferin-Peel (DPCDSB) Catholic School Board. Scores are in line with provincial scores which show steady increases for grades 3 and 6 with between 75 and 80 per cent of students for both boards meeting or exceeding provincial standards. OSSLT results also reflect solid academic results for grade 10 students with 80 per cent of PDSB students and 82 per cent of DPCDSB students achieving successful outcomes.
As with most other school boards in Ontario, assessment results for mathematics show a low number of students meeting or exceeding the provincial standards for both PDSB and DPCDSB. For example, only 49 per cent of grade 6 students in both school boards met or exceeded provincial standards in mathematics. An exception is for students at the grade 9 academic level, which have demonstrated solid levels of performance with 84 per cent of PDSB students and 88 per cent of DPCDSB students meeting or exceeding provincial levels.
Boards acknowledge the need to dedicate concentrated effort in mathematics. “Specifically, through our EngageMath strategy, we will continue our focus on mathematics to help raise scores that have declined steadily over the last five years, both provincially and within the Peel board. We’ll also work closely with the Ontario government to engage in conversations about their plans for a math curriculum refresh, and to identify specific areas that can support our students in numeracy success on the EQAO assessment and beyond,” stated Peter Joshua, director of education, PDSB.
“As always, we will continue to seek to improve in all areas, sharing effective (teaching) and best practice across the system,” noted Marianne Mazzorato, director of education, DPCDSB.