Earlier in September, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) publicly released the school board’s results for the 2017-2018 school year:
- 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.
The number of Algoma District School Board’s Grade 3 students achieving Levels 3 & 4 was 61% in reading, 55% in writing and 52% in mathematics. This compares to provincial results which showed students across Ontario achieving 75% in reading, 72% in writing and 61% in mathematics. The minor increases and decreases in ADSB results from last year are reflective of provincial trends.
The number of Algoma District School Board’s Grade 6 students achieving Levels 3 & 4 was 72% in reading, 62% in writing and 38% in mathematics. This compares to provincial results which showed students across Ontario achieving 82% in reading, 80% in writing and 49% in mathematics. Grade 6 students showed improvement in all components with a five-point increase in reading, one-point increase in writing and two-point increase in math.
Math continues to be a focus in the Algoma District School Board and at the provincial level. The continued ADSB commitment and allocation of funds for Math Learning Partners in every elementary school will support the ongoing work in math instruction.
The Algoma District School Board is focused on assessment and will be using data to drive the next steps in learning in response to student needs in reading, writing and math.
Grade 9 EQAO Math Assessment Results
Seventy-one percent of ADSB students enrolled in Academic level math achieved at or above provincial standard. The provincial result was 84%. In Applied level math, 37% of ADSB students achieved at or above provincial standard while the provincial result was 45%.
With the system focus of assessment, secondary schools in the ADSB will use assessment 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 65%, which was a decrease of 1% from last year. Secondary schools in ADSB will bring together intermediate teachers (Grades 7-10) to develop reading skills. As well, creative programming and interventions 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 decreased by 2% from last year to 79%.
The complete report on all ADSB school results is available on the EQAO website.