On September 20th, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) publicly released the school and school-board results from the 2016/2017 school year for:
- Primary and Junior Division assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics
- Grade 9 Math assessment
- Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)
EQAO reports provide school communities with information that contributes to understanding each student’s achievement in relation to the provincial standard. Algoma District School Board’s (ADSB’s) results are outlined below.
Elementary Primary and Junior Division Reading, Writing and Mathematics Results
Primary and Junior Division assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics are written by students in Grades 3 and 6 respectively.
The number of Algoma District School Board’s Grade 3 students achieving Levels 3 & 4 was 59% in Reading; 56% in Writing; and 53% in Mathematics. This compares to Provincial results which showed students across Ontario achieving 74% in Reading; 73% in Writing; and 62% in Math.
The number of Algoma District School Board’s Grade 6 students achieving Levels 3 & 4 was 67% in Reading; 61% in Writing; and 36% in Mathematics. This compares to Provincial results which showed students across Ontario achieving 81% in Reading; 79% in Writing; and 50% in Math.
Media reporting has placed significant attention on the decline in math scores across the province. The Algoma District School Board has shown results consistent with this. Elementary schools will continue to develop the understanding of the mathematics learner and best practices for teaching mathematical skills with the introduction of Math Learning Partners to support our elementary students. Development of reading and writing skills will continue to be a focus at all grade levels.
Grade 9 EQAO Math Assessment Results
A 3% increase was realized by ADSB students enrolled in academic level math with 79% of students achieving at or above provincial standard in comparison to last year. This increase is closing the gap with the Provincial result which remained at 83% from 2016 to 2017. While the Province saw a 1% decrease in applied level math from 45% to 44% from 2016, ADSB saw a 7% increase. This increase to 41% brings the Board results closer to the Provincial standard.
Media reporting has placed significant attention on the decline in math scores, especially at the applied level, across the province. The Algoma District School Board showed an increase in both academic and applied level math results.
Secondary schools in the ADSB will continue to develop understanding of the mathematics learner and how to respond to individual needs. Grade 9 teachers will continue working with grade 7 and 8 teachers to develop instructional practices to engage learners and support student success in the mathematics classroom.
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) Results
The percentage of Grade 10 ADSB students who were successful on the OSSLT was 66%, which was a decrease of 2% from last year. Secondary schools in the ADSB will bring together intermediate teachers (grades 7-10) to develop reading skills. As well, creative programming to target those students at-risk of not being successful will be explored to promote student success.
Provincially, the percentage of Grade 10 students who were successful on the OSSLT remained consistent at 81%.
The complete report on all ADSB school results is available on the EQAO website.