The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has released the results of the grades 3, 6 and 9 Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics as well as the grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) that were written by Ontario secondary students during the 2017-2018 school year.
“As a board we understand the value of the information and insight provided by the EQAO results. EQAO continues to provide us with useful data which we will explore in its entirety to help inform our planning and practices. This information is carefully analyzed to ensure that we continue to meet the programming and educational needs of our students, while recognizing the individual strengths and challenges of those same students. I’m very proud of all of our students and teachers and applaud their hard work.” – Jackie Young, Director of Education
Reading and Writing
Grades 3 and 6: While results vary by school, the overall trends showed grades 3 and 6 Reading and Writing achievement in many of our schools are at or approaching the provincial outcomes. In comparison to the previous year’s results, reading scores demonstrated a slight increase in the number of students meeting or exceeding the Provincial Standard (Levels 3 or 4).
- 67% of grade 3 students and 78% of grade 6 students continued to meet the provincial reading standard, representing a slight increase over last year.
- 56% of grade 3 students and 72% of grade 6 students have met the expected level in writing. This represents a decrease of 3% for grade 3 students while grade 6 students achieved a consistent result with 2016-17.
Grade 10: The grade 10 Literacy Test is a compulsory standardized test for all secondary school students in Ontario wishing to obtain an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The test is based on all of the reading and writing expectations in all subjects up to the end of grade 9.
- Of first-time eligible writers of the grade 10 Literacy Test, the Board’s test results decreased by 7% from the previous year (74% to 67%). Similarly, the province’s results slipped 2% from the previous year (81% to 79%).
In response to the decrease, Superintendent of Education, Craig Myles said, “We have developed and implemented a Literacy Strategic Plan in all of our secondary schools. Further, we will examine and triangulate our data in order to determine where we can implement best practices to improve.”’
Grades 3 and 6:
Mathematics scores decreased during the 2017-2018 year for grade 3 and 6 students within the Near North District School Board and across Ontario.
- 41% of grade 3 students met the standard in 2017-18 compared to 47% in 2016-17, indicating a 6% decrease.
- 30% of grade 6 students met the standard in 2017-18 compared to 34% in 2016-17, representing a 4% decrease.
Improving mathematics results for both primary and junior divisions continues to be a focus. The Ministry of Education is taking action to help students across the province gain the mathematical knowledge they need to achieve success. The Near North District School Board has implemented daily focused mathematics instruction for students in grades 1-8 during protected blocks of time. Protected time for mathematics will allow for a more sustained period of effective instruction and assessment every day. The Board is committed to implementing the strategies outlined in the Focusing on the Fundamentals of Math: Teacher Guide to improve mathematics learning for all students.
- 38% of students who wrote the grade 9 applied test met the provincial standard in 2017-18 compared to 48% in 2016-17 and 39% in 2015-16.
- 75% of students who wrote the grade 9 academic test met the provincial standard in 2017-18 compared to 75% in 2016-17 and 70% in 2015-16.
“We will continue with our efforts on math improvement, which includes the implementation of the province’s mathematics initiative, “Focusing on the Fundamentals of Math”, said Superintendent of Education Craig Myles.
“As a district, we have placed a focus on number sense and numeration as a foundation for mathematical understanding across the strands and subject areas. The EQAO data will help to inform our board and school teams as we collectively engage in efforts to improve outcomes for every child. We believe that effective programming responds to the diverse interests, learning preferences and readiness of learners.” said Acting Superintendent of Education Melanie Gray.
EQAO results are important, but they are just one among many assessment tools that both schools and boards use to measure and improve upon the quality of student programming and student success.
For more information, please contact:
Grades 3 and 6 Results:
Melanie Gray, Acting Superintendent of Education
(705) 472-8170; 1-800-278-4922, Ext. 7022
Grades 9 and 10 Results:
Craig Myles, Superintendent of Education
(705) 472-8170; 1-800-278-4922, Ext. 5002