The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has released the results of the 2016-17 annual assessments completed in grades 3, 6, 9 and 10 for the last school year.

The EQAO assessments focus on the areas of reading, writing and mathematics for grades 3 and 6, and mathematics for grade 9. The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) assesses grade 10 students’ proficiency in reading and writing.

According to the latest results, students in both the York Region District School Board (YRDSB) and York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) continue to exceed provincial averages in all areas of testing.

Among grade 3 students in YRDSB, 81 per cent met or exceeded the provincial standards in reading, 82 per cent in writing and 74 per cent in mathematics. Among grade 3 students in YCDSB, 81 per cent met or exceeded the provincial standards in reading, 84 per cent in writing and 68 per cent in mathematics. This compares with provincial averages of 74 per cent, 73 per cent and 62 per cent respectively.

Among grade 6 students in YRDSB, 87 per cent met or exceeded the provincial standard in reading, 87 per cent in writing and 63 per cent in mathematics. Among grade 6 students in YCDSB, 88 per cent met or exceeded provincial standards in reading, 90 per cent in writing and 58 per cent in mathematics. This compares with provincial averages of 81 per cent, 79 per cent and 50 per cent respectively.

For the grade 9 mathematics assessment, 90 per cent of YRDSB students in the “academic” stream and 48 per cent of students in the “applied” stream met or exceeded the provincial standard. For the same grade, 86 percent of students in the “academic” stream, and 45 per cent of students in the “applied” stream met or exceeded the provincial standard. This compares with a provincial average of 83 per cent of “Academic” stream students and 44 per cent of “Applied” stream students who achieved the standard.

For the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), 88 per cent of YRDSB students and 87 per cent of YCDSB students were successful, compared with an average success rate of 81 per cent among all school districts across Ontario.

While both boards are satisfied with literacy results at all levels, they “know that there is more work to be done, especially in the area of mathematics,” said Carol Cotton, chair of the board of trustees, YCDSB. Added Patricia Preston, director of education, YCDSB, “We look forward to the upcoming public consultations that the province is planning with regard to modernizing curriculum and EQAO assessment tools so that all students can continue to achieve and succeed.”

For EQAO results, visit https://tinyurl.com/eqaoyrdsb for YRDSB, and www.ycdsb.ca for YCDSB.

Image courtesy of EQAO.com