Students of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board showed improvement on Education Quality and Assessment Office (EQAO) provincial assessments written in the spring.
“As a school system we have provided students with optimal learning environments, effective tools and strategies for learning. These results represent the work of caring and dedicated principals, classroom teachers and support staff who have supported students to achieve gradual, incremental growth,” remarked Kathy Soule, Director of Education.
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 5% growth rate, moving from 46% to 51%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 1%.|
|Writing||Students demonstrated a 3% growth rate, moving from 53% to 56%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 2%.|
|Mathematics||Students demonstrated a 6% growth rate, moving from 53% to 59%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 1%.|
Junior (Grade 6) Reading, Writing and Mathematics
|Reading||Students demonstrated a 3% growth rate, moving from 62% to 65%. The provincial growth rate was 3%.|
|Writing||Students demonstrated a 4% growth rate, moving from 52% to 56%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 3%.|
|Mathematics||Students demonstrated a 3% decrease, moving from 50% to 47%. This decrease mirrors a provincial decrease of 2%.|
Grade 9 Applied and Academic Mathematics
|Applied||Students demonstrated a 1% decrease, moving from 49% to 48%. The provincial growth rate was 2%. It is important to note that the provincial results are below the HPEDSB results, with 48% of HPEDSB Applied students achieving the provincial standard as compared to 40% provincially.|
|Academic||Students demonstrated a 5% growth rate, moving from 76% to 81%. This increase matched the provincial growth rate of 5%.|
Results from the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) were released in June 2010 and are posted online at: www.hpedsb.on.ca/newsroom/ 
“Board members are proud of the students who participated in the EQAO tests. These results show that students are applying higher-order thinking skills across all curriculum areas and within a variety of learning situations,” commented Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.
Next steps Board officials have tools in place to conduct deep analysis of student assessments and are developing a Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and School Improvement Plans for Student Achievement in the areas of:
• Community, Culture and Caring
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 15,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.
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