The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is looking closely at the recently-released EQAO scores for students across the region. Trustees note that the results will help to address different aspects of students’ learning that contribute to their overall educational success.

Comparing scores in 2016-2017 to this past year’s results, Grade 3 students saw a 8 per cent improvement in reading, a 9 per cent improvement in writing, and a 4 per cent improvement in mathematics. In Grade 6, students saw a 2 per cent improvement from 2016-2017, and an 8 per cent decrease in mathematics.

“Overall we are very pleased with our results and improvements in most areas. Of particular note is some of the historic increases in achievement on these provincial assessments amidst some of our most challenging circumstances,” said Director of Education for the KPDSB, Sean Monteith.

“The credit to these improvements must be given to the leadership in schools and most particularly our classroom teachers everywhere, who exhaustively give day in and day out of themselves. We recognize there continues to be more to do, particularly in math, but in the meantime, we will celebrate these gains, and assess what we have changed and why it is working.”

Students at Red Lake-Madsen Public School achieved historic results, with their highest results on record in Grade 3 reading, writing and mathematics for students achieving level 3 or 4 on the assessments. 2017-2018 results for Red Lake-Madsen were above the provincial average in all Grade 3 assessments, with 94 per cent of students in achieving level 3 or 4 in reading, writing and math - compared to 77 per cent, 74 per cent and 62 per cent for the provincial averages.

Students at Sioux Mountain Public School in Sioux Lookout also achieved their highest results on record in Grade 3 reading and writing, and Grade 6 reading. The school’s 2017-2018 results were above the provincial average in Grade 3 reading, with 78 per cent of students achieving level 3 or 4, compared to provincial average of 77 per cent, and Grade 3 writing – 76 per cent of students reaching level 3 or 4, compared to the province at 74 per cent.

Evergreen Public School in Kenora had 76 per cent of their students in Grade 3 writing achieve level 3 or 4, above the provincial average of 74 per cent. Grade 6 writing assessments just missed the provincial average, with 80 per cent of students achieving level 3 or 4, compared to 82 per cent at the provincial level.

Open Roads Public School in Dryden achieved above the provincial average in all Grade 3 assessments, and Grade 6 reading and writing assessments. 88 per cent of students in Grade 3 reading - provincial average is 77 per cent, 96 per cent in Grade 3 writing - provincial average is 74 per cent - and 85 per cent in Grade 3 mathematics - provincial average is 62 per cent -achieved the provincial standard.

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. 

The Kenora Catholic District School Board released their school’s results earlier this week.

For more information:
EQAO scores released for Kenora Catholic

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