Students of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board showed improvement on Education Quality and Assessment Office (EQAO) provincial assessments written in the spring. The following highlights the performance of students in Primary (Grade 3) and Junior (Grade 6) Reading, Writing and Mathematics, and Grade 9 Applied and Academic Mathematics.
|Primary (Grade 3) Reading, Writing and Mathematics|
|READING||Students demonstrated a 4% growth rate, moving from 53% to 57%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 1%, from 65% to 66%.|
|WRITING||Students demonstrated a 5% growth rate, moving from 58% to 63%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 3%, from 73% to 76%.|
|MATHEMATICS||Students maintained an achievement level of 58%. The provincial results experienced a 1 percentage point decrease, from 69% to 68%.|
|Junior (Grade 6) Reading, Writing and Mathematics|
|READING||Students demonstrated a 4% growth rate, moving from 61% to 65%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 1%, from 74% to 75%.|
|WRITING||Students maintained an achievement rate of 56%. The provincial growth rate increased 1%, from 73% to 74%.|
|MATHEMATICS||Students demonstrated a 3 percentage point decrease, moving from 42% to 39%. The provincial results remained at 58%.|
|Grade 9 Applied and Academic Mathematics|
|APPLIED||Students demonstrated a 2% growth rate, moving from 49% to 51%. The provincial growth rate was 2%, from 42% to 44%.|
|ACADEMIC||Students demonstrated a 3 percentage point decrease, moving from 85% to 82%. This decrease compares to a 1% provincial growth rate, from 83% to 84%.|
Results from the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) were released in June 2012 and are posted online at: http://www.hpedsb.on.ca/newsroom/?p=4514 
“It’s very rewarding to see the increases this year. They’re a direct result of the continued efforts by our teachers, support staff and school administrators to focus on student achievement and belief that all students can achieve,” remarked Rob McGall, Director of Education.
Kindergarten to Grade 12 board- and school-based teams are analyzing the EQAO data, as well as other student achievement and program data. This analysis will assist in identifying critical literacy and numeracy learning skills to focus upon, as well as assist in determining which instructional strategies to implement to improve student learning. Key instructional strategies, such as co-planning and teaching, where teachers plan, teach and examine student work together, show enhanced and sustained gains in student achievement. In addition, the use of technology, learning manipulatives and solving real-world problems have enhanced student engagement in their learning. Refinements will be made to the 2012-2013 board and school improvement plans to support a continued focus on student achievement in literacy and numeracy.
“Our results continue to show steady growth over time, which is what we want to see. We are committed to all students and helping them to reach their full potential,” said Trish FitzGibbon, Superintendent of Education – Curriculum Services.
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