August 28, 2013
Ontario elementary schools keep getting better at helping students to become good readers and to communicate well when they write. However, elementary school math programs are losing ground in the effort to help students achieve and maintain math success—particularly in Grades 4 through 6.
As students advance through school, their progress is tracked on three provincial math tests (in Grades 3, 6 and 9) and three provincial literacy tests (in Grades 3, 6 and 10). The tracking results indicate that early achievement often predicts achievement in secondary school, and early struggles, if not corrected, can compound year after year.
Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics
Grade 10—Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)
"Ontario elementary schools keep getting better at developing the literacy skills that are so fundamental to our students’ long-term success. As a province, though, we still struggle to find the right formula for helping more students succeed in math."
"For students, a solid foundation in math is essential to success in today’s world. Math is all around us, and as a province and country, we simply must help the next generation excel in math if we’re to deliver on all the promise the 21st century has to offer"
— Bruce Rodrigues, Chief Executive Officer, EQAO
5 Things This Year’s EQAO Results Reveal About Student Learning in Ontario
EQAO’s Highlights of Provincial Results–Elementary
EQAO’s Highlights of Provincial Results–Secondary
September 18, EQAO will release individual reports for each elementary school and its board, as well as a full provincial report on the elementary school assessments.
September 25, school and board reports will be released for the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics as well as for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. A full provincial report on the secondary school assessments will also be released on this date.
EQAO’s tests measure student achievement in reading, writing and mathematics in relation to
Ontario Curriculum expectations. The resulting data provide accountability and a gauge of quality in Ontario’s publicly funded education system. By providing this important evidence about learning, EQAO acts as a catalyst for increasing the success of Ontario students.
The objective and reliable results from EQAO’s tests complement the information obtained from classroom and other assessments to provide students, parents, teachers and administrators with a clear and comprehensive picture of student achievement and a basis for targeted improvement planning at the individual, school, school board and provincial levels. EQAO helps build capacity for the appropriate use of data by providing resources that educators, parents, policy-makers and others in the education community can use to improve learning and teaching. EQAO distributes an individual report to each student who writes a test, and posts school, school board and provincial results on its Web site.