August 30, 2017
The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has published the provincial-level results of the primary- and junior-division 2016–2017 Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics written by students in Grades 3 and 6, and of the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics.
For the second year in a row, 50% of Grade 6 students met the provincial standard in math. Among Grade 3 students, 62% met the provincial standard—a one-percentage-point decrease since last year.
Elementary school reading results for Grade 3 students have increased to 74%, an increase of two percentage points since last year, and reading results for Grade 6 students have remained at 81% for the second year in a row.
Achievement results in writing at the elementary school level have declined since last year by one percentage point for both Grades 3 and 6, and stand at 73% and 79% respectively.
Eighty-three percent of Grade 9 students enrolled in the academic course were successful on the assessment, a result that is identical to last year. Meanwhile, 44% of Grade 9 students enrolled in the applied math course were successful on the math assessment, marking a one-percentage-point decrease since last year, and continuing the trend over the last five years whereby less than half of students enrolled in the applied math course met the provincial standard.
"Ontario’s publicly funded education system continues to deliver positive results in reading among our students in Grades 3 and 6. While achievement levels in writing are still relatively high, it is worth noting the five-percentage-point decline among students in Grade 3 since 2014."
—Dave Cooke, Chair, EQAO
"It is important to understand why less than half of students in the Grade 9 applied math course are meeting the provincial standard. Our elementary-school students report that they are less confident in their math skills, but that they want to do well in math. Their motivation as learners is encouraging, as it can play a key role in their future success."
—Norah Marsh, Chief Executive Officer, EQAO
Today’s announcement offers only an overview of this year’s provincial-level EQAO results.
School- and board-level results will be available on September 20, 2017. A full report of provincial results will also be released on this date.