Highlights of EQAO Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics
Results for the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics, written by students at the end of the semester in which they took Mathematics, indicated that 78% of students in Academic Math and 50% of students in Applied Math met or exceeded provincial standard. Overall results for are based upon both semesters for the 2014-2015 school year.
Achieving Level 3 or 4 on the assessment is equated with reaching the provincial standard expected in The Ontario Curriculum. Students who achieve at the provincial standard are well prepared to be successful in the next course, toward graduation. Unlike the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics is not a graduation requirement.
“Research shows that students’ confidence in math and their ability to see real world applications are positively related to achievement in math. We value the work of our caring, dedicated educators to develop numeracy skills in students,” stated Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.
In recent years, HPEDSB Grade 9 results have mirrored the provincial results. During the last school year, the assessment was not conducted at all Ontario school boards due to labour action. As a result, provincial data is not available.
The collective work of educators has resulted in increasing the number of students who reached the provincial standard in Grade 9 compared to when they were in Grade 6. In Academic Math, 16% of students who performed at Level 2 in Grade 6 improved to Level 3 or 4 in Grade 9. In Applied Math, 38% of students who performed at Level 2 in Grade 6 improved to Level 3 or 4 in Grade 9.
Data from the provincial assessments is used to understand student learning in Mathematics. Professional learning for educators has focused on responding to student needs and monitoring progress. Teachers regularly talk with students about how to use math in everyday life and in the workplace. Parents are encouraged to continue this conversation at home.
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