For immediate release
November 3, 2000

Board commends students and staff
for improved EQAO results

        The results of last spring's Grades 3 and 6 provincial assessments by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) were made public in the provincial legislature Thursday. The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is pleased to announce improvement in almost all areas over last year's Board results. Students, staff, and parents are commended for their part in those gains.
        "We are pleased that our students have continued to show progress in the EQAO assessments, and are particularly happy with the gains made in all areas of the Grade 6 assessment," said Audrey Carter, Chair of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. "We believe the improvements are due, in part, to the implementation of school and system-level improvement plans which are part of our Board's commitment to the academic excellence of our students. As in past years, there are areas where more improvement is necessary."
        The Grade 6 results in Reading, Writing and Mathematics for the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board all showed improvement while Grade 3 Reading and Mathematics also continued to improve. The full assessment results from the province are posted on EQAO's website at
        EQAO testing is just one of many tools that teachers, schools, and the Board use to monitor student achievement and to develop classroom programs which meet the learning needs of students. The Board will review these results for insight into areas to target for improvement to enhance student learning. A full report will be presented to the Board at the next meeting on November 27, 2000.

For information contact:
Randy Brown, Superintendent of Instruction and Curriculum Services
966-9491, ext. 2203

EQAO website