Issue 2, 2012
Audio commentary by Richard Jones, Director of Assessment and Reporting with EQAO. Running time: 03:29
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The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has released a new resource on its Web site to help school teams establish a link between student performance on EQAO’s primary- and junior-division reading, writing and mathematics tests and teaching, assessment and evaluation in the classroom.
The resource includes descriptions of the student achievement levels on EQAO tests to help teachers and parents understand the levels. It also contains specific strategies that may be used to improve students’ learning and performance.
EQAO tests measure students’ performance in consideration of all of their answers. Students are evaluated on answers to multiple-choice and constructed-response questions for each of the reading, writing and mathematics components of the tests. In light of variations in the quality in each student’s work, it is important to give students several opportunities to demonstrate their understanding and skills relative to the assessed expectations.
The purpose of this new educational resource is to assist teachers in identifying their students’ strengths and areas that need improvement and in observing trends related to thinking and learning skills in each subject. Teachers will be able to use this resource to inform their own diagnostic, formative and summative assessments and to observe trends in student performance in order to help plan instruction that will support student improvement.
The resource is the result of the work and recommendations of teachers from across the province who were brought together to aid in its development. It contains
The scales can be used by teachers as part of their analysis and planning to improve student learning (i.e., through assessment of learning, for learning and as learning). Teachers can refer to the characteristics of the various levels to specify and demonstrate criteria for effective student work. Teachers are already aware of the importance of engaging students in assessment and evaluation practices and in the creation of criteria for evaluating success.
This resource can be put to use in classrooms and by school teams in various ways. Teachers can
To find out more Download Understanding Levels of Achievement: Using EQAO Information to Improve Student Learning,
primary division and
junior division. Each includes a resource section that provides links to additional information.