August 27, 2014
Literacy success rates continue to improve in Ontario elementary schools with each passing year. Grade 3 math achievement rates have remained the same though they have dropped again for students in Grade 6.
A review of Grade 6 student math responses shows students consistently do best demonstrating their math knowledge and least well applying that knowledge, particularly in problem solving.
In secondary schools, math success rates have been improving steadily for the past five years for students in both the academic and applied courses. However, more than half the students in the applied course are still not meeting the provincial standard.
Of the Grade 10 students who were eligible to write the Ontario Secondary Literacy Test (OSSLT) for the first time in 2014, 83% were successful, maintaining a high level of literacy achievement. Results show the success rate on the OSSLT for students in applied English courses has, however, been decreasing each year for the past five years.
Persistently low success rates for students in both the applied English and applied math courses suggest a review of those courses is warranted.
Reading and Writing:
Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics
Grade 10—Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)
"Ontario’s elementary schools do a very good job developing student reading and writing skills. We’re still not seeing the same kind of achievement in math, and aggressive efforts to turn that around must continue at all levels of the education system."
— Brian Desbiens, Chair, EQAO Board of Directors
"Applied courses were introduced in secondary schools a number of years ago to offer programming for students with different strengths, interests, needs and learning styles. Student achievement in these courses continues to lag. It’s worth reviewing the intent of these courses and how they might better support student achievement."
"To paint a quick picture, Grade 6 students know how to multiply (for example) but struggle to know when multiplication is needed to solve a problem. This has been a consistent pattern with our students. They perform best on questions asking them to demonstrate their math knowledge and least well when asked to apply that knowledge—particularly when problem solving."
— Bruce Rodrigues, Chief Executive Officer, EQAO
September 17, 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 24, 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.