EQAO results for Grade 6 continued to improve in 2013

EQAO results for Grade 6 continued to improve in 2013

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.

Primary and Junior assessments for EQAO are administered in late May or early June. Results indicate the percentage of students achieving level 3 or 4 , which is considered provincial standard. All students in Grade 3 and 6 are represented in the results.

Primary (Grade 3) Reading, Writing and Mathematics

Reading Students maintained an achievement level of 57%. The provincial results increased 2%, from 66% to 68%.
Writing Students demonstrated a 1% decrease, from 63% to 62%. The provincial results increased 1% from 76% to 77%.
Students demonstrated a 3% decrease, from 58% to 55%. The provincial results decreased as well from 68% to 67%.

Junior (Grade 6) Reading, Writing and Mathematics

Reading Students increased achievement by 4%, moving from 65% to 69%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 2%, from 75% to 77%.
Writing Students increased achievement by 6%, from 56% to 62%. The provincial growth rate increased 2%, from 74% to 76%.
Mathematics Students increased achievement by 4%, from 39% to 43%. The provincial results declined from 58% to 57%.

"It's very rewarding to see the increases this year. They're a direct result of the efforts by our teachers, support staff and school administrators to focus on student achievement and belief that all students can achieve," said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

Next steps

Kindergarten to Grade 12 board- and school-based teams are now analyzing the EQAO data, as well as other student achievement and program data. This analysis will assist in identifying critical literacy and numeracy 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 2013-2014 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 Cathy Portt Superintendent of Education - Curriculum Services.

Results for the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) will be released on September 25, 2013.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]