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HSCDSB Celebrates a Decade of EQAO Success

Jim Fitzpatrick for local2 sault ste. marie
September 12th, 2012 at 10:14pm

HSCDSB SMART KIDSThe Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce that significant improvements in results of Education Quality and Accountability Office(EQAO) testing has occurred in the ten years since EQAO testing was implemented in 2002.

Primary (Grade 3) writing results are up 27 per cent compared to 2002, reading scores are up 15 per cent and mathematics test results have improved by 11 per cent.

In Junior (Grade 6) testing HSCDSB results have increased by 27 per cent in reading, 21 per cent in writing and 9 per cent in mathematics.

“The tremendous gains are great indicators that our efforts to improve student achievement in these key learning areas have been successful. We will continue to implement precise interventions in an effort to remain at or above provincial standards,” said Superintendent of Education Maria Esposito.

“Our principals, teachers and support staff are dedicated and committed to supporting all students to reach their highest potential,” added Esposito.

In the testing held this past spring, results in the Primary division showed 76 per cent of students achieved the provincial standard in writing, 62 per cent in reading and 62 per cent in mathematics.

Junior level results show 78 per cent of HSCDSB students achieving the provincial standard. Writing test results show a 71 per cent success rate while mathematics results show a 52 per cent success rate.

The cohort comparison of the Grade 6 test results compared to the same students when in Grade 3 saw an 18 per cent increase in reading scores and a seven per cent increase in writing results. The mathematics result saw a decline of 16 per cent in the three years.

“We will analyse the detailed results with our administration team, principals and teachers to determine our course of action to continue to improve the performance of our students,” said Esposito.

EQAO testing is one tool that helps board and school teams identify areas of student strengths, target areas requiring support and plan for improvement. EQAO data is examined together with other achievement information such as teacher observations, assessments and report card data in order to get a complete picture of student skills, abilities and knowledge.

Every year students in grades 3, 6, 9 and 10 across Ontario participate in EQAO testing. The HSCDSB has a dedicated team of professionals constantly monitoring the achievement of approximately 5,000 students in our twenty-three schools.


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