Mixed bag EQAO test results, but boards happy with trend
Simcoe County's public and separate school boards are
accentuating the positive outcomes of the latest EQAO results from
2012-13 Grade 3 and 6 tests in reading, writing and mathematics,
released this morning.
The separate school board's Grade 3 test results showed 79 per
cent of students are achieving at or above the provincial standard in
writing, up from 76 per cent last year. However, reading results showed
a drop from 68 to 65 per cent in reading, and from 69 per cent to 64
per cent in math. Results were more encouraging for the Grade 6 with 76
per cent meeting or exceeding the provincial standard in reading, which
matched last year. Also, 77 per cent standard for writing, up from 74,
and 53 per cent in math, also matched the previous year's results.
"One of the benefits of EQAO testing is that we are able to
see how our students and schools are doing year after year. We look at
trends and find opportunities to improve our teaching and learning
strategies for long-term results and to keep us on the right track,"
said Brian Beal, the Catholic board's Director of Education in a press
release today. "There are always ways in which we can enhance the
literacy and numeracy skills of our students. We know that when we
adapt, grow and improve how we teach reading, writing and math, there
are better outcomes for our students in all subject areas."
The County's public school board Grade 3 results showed
improvements over the previous year, including 70 per cent meeting the
standard in reading, up from 67 per cent; 74 per cent for writing,
which matched last year's level; and 69 per cent for math, up from 67.
And the Grade 6 results were also up, including 76 per cent reading, up
from 73 per cent; 70 per cent for writing, an increase from 68 per
cent, and 52 per cent in math, an increase from 50 per cent, last year.
"Student achievement and well-being are at the centre of
everything we do. EQAO is one of the ways we track our progress over
periods of time," said Kathi Wallace, public school board Director of
Education. "We're very pleased that over the last five years we've made
significant gains, but we also recognize that this is a journey and our
work is never done. We will continue to research and invest in
strategies that support the achievement and well-being of all our