February 19, 2014
The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has released a research report that tracks students as they advanced through Ontario’s four provincial tests from 2004 to 2012. This cohort tracking shows that the majority of students are developing solid reading, writing and math skills by the time they are in high school. However, the majority of those who aren’t have a trait in common: they also struggled in elementary school.
"It’s abundantly clear that students who struggle early in their schooling are most at risk of lacking fundamental reading, writing and math skills in high school. The right supports need to be put in place for these students to help them overcome their weaknesses and become successful."
— Brian Desbiens, Chair, EQAO Board of Directors
“This latest research is an important reminder that educators and parents need to pay close attention to students’ results on the provincial assessments. If a student is not meeting the provincial standard in elementary school, it’s a red flag that he or she may be up to 25 times more likely to carry that struggle into secondary school. Such students need immediate and meaningful interventions to change their path toward lasting success."
— Bruce Rodrigues, Chief Executive Officer, EQAO
EQAO’s research program is dedicated to promoting the use of EQAO data for improved student achievement. The agency’s research projects examine the various factors that influence student achievement and education quality in order to inform decisions made by educators, school board administrators, parents and the government.