The results are in for local students’ EQAO scores with the Kenora Catholic District School Board. The provincial test assesses students’ reading, writing, mathematics and literacy, as well as to measure the skills and abilities of students - in relation to the Ontario curriculum.
“Overall, we are very pleased with our Grade 3, Grade 6, Grade 9 and Grade 10 EQAO results. We are very proud of the achievements of our students,” said Director of Education for the KCDSB, Phyllis Eikre.
“We have seen steady overall growth in Grade 3 and Grade 6 reading and writing. Looking at the Grade 6 group when they were in Grade 3, in reading they were 19 per cent higher - and in writing they were 20 per cent higher. The scores are showing really good, steady growth.”
While the board is pleased with their higher-than-provincial-average reading scores in Grade 3, reading scores in Grade 6 and Grade 9 Academic mathematics, the board is hoping to improve math scores in all of their schools.
“In mathematics, we don’t feel that math is progressing as we expect it to be. We share the same concerns as the province of Ontario does when it comes to math achievement. That’s something that we are really looking at,” Eikre added. She noted that Grade 9 academic students were well above the provincial average in math scores.
To help address lower-than-expected mathematics scores, Eikre says that the board is expanding access to math leads in local schools. Last year, the board had one math lead to serve the entire board, but now each elementary school has their own math lead. Math leads help to assist teachers teach mathematics to elementary students.
“Our Trustees are concerned that Ontario students may be losing the ability to do mental math in the current curriculum and need a better understanding of day to day basic mathematics,” said KCDSB chair, Frank Bastone.
“We will be working with the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association to share our concerns and provide various recommendations to the Ministry of Education. We are recommending the Ministry implement additional mathematics courses at the secondary level, such as money-sense, trades entry level mathematics and accounting to better prepare our students for everyday life and a variety of pathways.”
While mathematics may require the most attention from teachers and trustees, Kenora Catholic says that they will continue to strive for higher-than-average scores in all assessment and learning areas.
“In addition to increasing our focus on mathematics we will continue to emphasize the importance of literacy across the elementary panel,” said Paul White, Superintendent of Instructional Services. “We will build upon the recent successes in both the primary and junior panels to continue to increase our students’ achievement in all areas.”
The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is an independent provincial agency funded by the Government of Ontario. Their mandate is to conduct province-wide tests at key points in every student’s primary, junior and secondary education and report the results to educators, parents and the public.
EQAO acts as a catalyst for increasing the success of Ontario students by measuring their achievement in reading, writing and mathematics in relation to Ontario Curriculum expectations. The resulting data provide a gauge of quality and accountability in Ontario’s publicly funded education system.
After 37 years with the KCDSB and 10 years as the Director of Education, Eikre is set to retire in January.
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