The agency is dedicated to enhancing the quality and accountability of the education system in Ontario and to work with the education community. This will be achieved through student assessments that produce objective, reliable information, through the public release of this information and through the profiling of the value and use of EQAO data across the province.
In 2009, the Auditor General of Ontario performed a
comprehensive review (see page 128) of EQAO and concluded that Ontario’s province-wide tests
This value-for-money audit also examined the agency’s finances and determined that EQAO is fulfilling its legislative and policy requirements and maintaining solid financial practices. The audit praised EQAO’s budgeting and procurement processes and acknowledged that the agency had reduced its annual expenditures by over 20% in five years while delivering substantially the same service.
follow-up report in 2011, the Auditor General of Ontario confirmed that substantial progress had been made toward addressing almost all of the recommendations from its 2009 Annual Report.
In 2002, as part of its commitment to continuous improvement, EQAO launched a comprehensive review of all aspects of its assessment program. This
Ensuring Quality Assessments review confirmed that EQAO has been successful in establishing an assessment program that meets its accountability mandate and provides valuable insights about student achievement of
Ontario Curriculum expectations. The review also provided valuable insights that EQAO used to build on its strengths and refine its provincial assessment program.