The Grade 9 math assessment evaluates the math skills that students are expected to have learned by the end of Grade 9, according to
The Ontario Curriculum. Different versions of the assessment are administered in the academic and the applied math courses.
Classroom tests and EQAO tests have different goals and provide different kinds of information
The provincial tests are part of Ontario’s public education program, as outlined in
The Education Quality and Accountability Office Act to write the Grade 6 assessment. All students who are enrolled in a Grade 9 academic or applied math course must write the corresponding EQAO assessment (academic or applied).
Students enrolled in a locally developed math course or a math credit recovery program are not required to write the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics.
Students with special education needs who are on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) are permitted some accommodations on the Grade 9 assessment that are consistent with their regular practice for classroom assessments. You can refer to EQAO’s
Guide for Accommodations and Special Provisions for more information.
English language learners are permitted some special provisions on the Grade 9 assessment that are consistent with their regular practice for classroom assessments. You can refer to EQAO’s
Guide for Accommodations and Special Provisions for more information.
No exemptions are possible, because the Grade 9 math assessment is based specifically on the curriculum for the academic or applied math course. All students who are enrolled in a Grade 9 academic or applied math course must write the corresponding EQAO assessment (academic or applied).
Students in first-semester math courses write the Grade 9 math assessment during a two-week period in January; students in second-semester or full-year courses write the assessment during a two-week period in early June. Each school determines its own testing dates and times during the designated
The Grade 9 math assessment is administered consistently across the province by Ontario educators, including students’ classroom teachers. Students are given one hour to complete each of the two assessment booklets.
Examples of the assessment booklets are available on our Web site.
EQAO is in the midst of a multi-year project to
move the provincial assessment program online.
If your child is absent on the days the Grade 9 math assessment is administered, the school can make arrangements to have your child write the assessment when he or she returns, but only within the designated two-week assessment period. If your child does not return to school within that period, he or she will not be able to participate in the assessment.
Since the results of the Grade 9 math assessment can count for up to 30% of students’ final course marks, there may be an impact on the overall grades of students who are expected to participate in the assessments but do not do so.
Students who are expected to participate in the assessment but do not do so are still included in the public reporting of results. Since the publicly funded education system is accountable for every student, EQAO reports on every student. If a student is expected to write the Grade 9 math assessment and does not do so, he or she is counted as absent, and therefore as having no data, in EQAO’s reporting.
Since the Grade 9 math assessment is 100% based on The Ontario Curriculum, no special preparation is required. To become familiar with the format of the assessment and the types of questions that will be asked, you can view
examples of the assessment booklets.
On all EQAO assessments, multiple-choice responses are machine-scored. Responses to open-response questions on the Grade 9 math assessment are scored by Ontario educators who have gone through specialized training and passed a qualification test. This video explains more about
How EQAO Tests Are Created, Administered and Scored.
Each student who writes the assessment will receive an Individual Student Report (ISR) outlining his or her results in the fall of the next school year. See a sample ISR for the
applied or the
academic course for more information.
Provincial results for all EQAO assessments are also reported in the fall following the assessment.
School and school board results are published on EQAO’s Web site.
Achievement on the Grade 9 math assessment is reported according to the province’s four achievement levels. These are the same levels teachers use in the classroom to report student achievement. The provincial standard is Level 3, which corresponds to achievement in the 70 to 79 percent range.
Students meeting or exceeding the standard (i.e., achieving Level 3 or 4) on the assessment have demonstrated most or all of the math knowledge and skills expected at the current stage of their education.
The Grade 9 math assessment can count for up to 30% of students’ final course marks. Schools and/or school boards decide whether to count the provincial assessment and for how much. Teachers may score any components of the assessment prior to returning the test material to EQAO.
Yes. EQAO’s test development, monitoring and quality assurance processes are among the best in the world, and they ensure the validity and reliability of the agency’s data. EQAO has reliability checks in place at every stage of the assessment cycle—from the development of the tests to scoring by teachers to the reporting of results. EQAO places the highest importance on the integrity of its data.
When it comes to evaluating student learning, it is important to consider a wide range of information. EQAO results should be reviewed alongside your child’s daily classroom work and other assessment and contextual information in order to gauge his or her learning and to determine where more support may be needed.
For students who don’t meet the provincial math standard, it is particularly important for teachers and parents to discuss how to work together to close learning gaps and improve student achievement before the end of high school.
School results show you how students in your school are doing in relation to those in your school board and across the province. They can help you understand your child’s achievement in relation to that of other students and prepare you to take part in conversations about supporting student achievement.
You can talk to your child’s teacher or principal about the importance of EQAO results for strengthening the learning programs in your child’s school. Schools across Ontario use EQAO data, alongside other classroom data such as report card grades, attendance rates and contextual information, to develop their improvement plans.
For students who do not meet the provincial math standard, it is particularly important for teachers and parents to discuss how to work together to close learning gaps before the end of high school. Since the results can count for up to 30% of students’ final course marks, there may be an impact on overall grades for students who are unsuccessful on the Grade 9 math assessment.
EQAO results are a key measure of accountability in Ontario’s education system and an important tool for improvement planning at the student, school, school board and provincial levels. A school system that’s serious about continuous improvement must have system-wide evidence of student achievement that is objective and reliable. The assessment results highlight areas where students may need additional support. Educators, schools, boards and the province use these data to target teaching and learning initiatives.