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Provincial literacy test results identify areas of focus for improvement

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board released the results of the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Results indicate that 76% of first-time participating students were successful on the provincial test, as compared to the provincial average of 85%. This represents a 5% decrease in district results from the previous year.

Results varied according to the different pathways:
• In the Academic stream, HPEDSB achieved 97%, which is 1% above the provincial average.
• In the Applied stream, HPEDSB achieved 61%, which is 1% below the provincial average.
• In the Locally Developed stream, HPEDSB achieved 19%, which is 2% below the provincial average.

“We see that we need to improve,” remarks Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board. “These results provide clear direction that we need to be more focused on literacy instruction, especially in the Locally Developed pathway in order for students be successful.”

District highlights
• Results for Academic and Applied pathways are at or above the provincial average.
• Results for previously-eligible students increased 3% since 2007.
• Although the number of Special Education students continues to increase and is now at 7%, deferral rates in this area have remained consistent at 9%.
• Special Education students demonstrated a 5% increase over last year.

School highlights
• At Bayside Secondary School, students taking Locally Developed English achieved a 100% success rate.
• At Centennial Secondary School, boys have improved 7% since 2006.
• At Centre Hastings Secondary School, girls have improved 3% since 2008.
• At Moira Secondary School, deferral rates have dropped 7% since 2008.
• At North Hastings High School, students taking Locally Developed English improved 9% since 2008.
• At Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, boys have improved 12% since 2008.
• At Quinte Secondary School, students taking Applied English improved 9% since 2007.
• At Trenton High School, students taking Academic English improved 6% since 2008.
• The deferral rate for William R. Kirk students decreased 11% from 2008.

More detailed information to guide actions will be available as Board officials further examine school-level results.

The purpose of the OSSLT is to determine whether students have achieved the minimum acceptable level of reading and writing skills described in The Ontario Curriculum, across all subjects, to the end of Grade 9.

Posted June 10, 2009

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• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613 966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354.