Friday, Nov. 4, 2022
New EQAO assessments, reporting tools will inform efforts to close learning gaps, strengthen literacy and math skills
The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has released the results of the Grades 3 and 6 assessments of reading, writing and mathematics as well as the Grade 9 mathematics and Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).
The 2021–2022 school year marked a return to EQAO’s provincial assessment administrations, which had been paused for the prior two years. For the first time, Near North District School Board (NNDSB) students completed the new digitalized and modernized EQAO assessments. As per the Ministry of Education direction, students learning in person (and students learning remotely who wrote in person) participated in the assessments in the 2021–2022 school year.
“We wish to recognize the effort that our staff and students have put forth and the resilience they have shown throughout the COVID-19 disruptions to learning. As we work collaboratively to support learning recovery and renewal, the information generated from the EQAO assessments will help to inform our next steps at the system, school and classroom level,” said Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Melanie Gray.
The impact of the pandemic is being observed in early literacy and math achievement across grades and these results are consistent with trends that have been observed across our region and the province. The 2021-2022 EQAO results will help our board identify the areas that students need support, to ensure they catch up and are able to achieve future success.
The results will help establish a new baseline that captures the impacts of the pandemic and improvements to Ontario’s education system that have occurred since the last time the tests were administered. The 2021-2022 NNDSB results reveal an increase in the percentage of students who were successful in the OSSLT and indicate some positive outcomes in the area of Grade 6 reading and writing. Performance in math across all divisions and reading and writing in Grade 3 will continue to be a system-wide focus as we work to help our students overcome the COVID-19 disruptions to learning.
Reading and Writing
Grades 3 and 6: While results vary by school, the overall trends showed a decline in Grade 3 reading and writing achievement when compared to pre-pandemic measures. However, Grade 6 scores demonstrated positive results in both reading and writing.
- Grade 3: In 2021-2022, 62.4 per cent of Grade 3 students met the provincial standard in reading and 45 per cent of Grade 3 students met the provincial standard in writing.
- Grade 6: In 2021-2022, 79.4 per cent of Grade 6 students met the provincial standard in reading and 72.6 per cent of Grade 6 students met the provincial standard in writing
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. In 2021-2022, 91 per cent of first-time eligible students participated in the OSSLT and 71 per cent of them were successful.
Grades 3 and 6: Improving mathematics results for both primary and junior divisions will continue to be a focus for learning recovery and renewal efforts. This year, board math facilitators and school-based math facilitators have been assigned to support classroom-embedded professional learning and implement high-impact instructional practices to improve outcomes in mathematics. The district continues to work in partnership with lead educators and communities to develop responsive approaches to mathematics learning and to create engaging learning environments that will lead to improved performance for all students. In 2021-2022, 42.2 per cent of Grade 3 students and 27 per cent of Grade 6 students met the provincial standard in the EQAO mathematics assessments.
Grade 9: In 2021-2022, a new universal and de-streamed secondary mathematics curriculum was introduced. The Grade 9 EQAO assessment is now a computer-based, adaptive assessment that measures the mathematics skills students are expected to have learned by the end of the Grade 9 mathematics course. Thirty-four per cent of students who wrote the Grade 9 de-streamed math test met the provincial standard in 2021-2022.
EQAO results are just one of many assessment tools that both schools and boards use to measure and improve upon the quality of student programming and student success. The new modernized, digital assessments and reporting tools will inform efforts to close gaps in learning and strengthen literacy and math skills.
Near North District School Board
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