TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2015 /CNW/ -
School- and board-level results on EQAO's 2015 province-wide assessments in Grades 3 and 6 are now available at www.eqao.com for all schools and boards that participated. Approximately 70% of Grades 3 and 6 students in the English-language school system did not participate in the 2015 provincial assessments due to labour disruptions.
EQAO provides schools and boards with a wide range of data about their students' achievement, attitudes, behaviours and demographics. By intersecting different types of data, schools gain rich insights to help evaluate the effectiveness of their programs and inform their improvement-planning efforts.
As one exercise, EQAO recommends that all schools and boards look at the data of those students who did not meet the provincial standard in writing on the Grade 3 or 6 assessment and ask key questions about these students' use of foundational writing strategies.
- EQAO achievement data show which students are and are not meeting the provincial standard. Intersecting attitudinal or demographic data with achievement results can offer insights into why certain students may be excelling or struggling and bring focus to schools' improvement-planning efforts.
- Provincial results for the French-language school system, in which all students participated this year, have shown a decline in writing achievement since last year, and, in Grade 3, over the past five years.
- EQAO data for the French-language school system also revealed that most students are not regularly using key strategies for success in writing, such as reviewing their work and checking their grammar.
- In EQAO's interactive online reporting application, it is easy to intersect various types of data from the provincial assessments, questionnaires and administrative records. This online application is available to all schools and school boards.
- Approximately 70% of Grades 3 and 6 students in the English-language school system did not participate in the 2015 provincial assessments due to labour disruptions. As a result, provincial-level results for the English-language school system are not available this year.
"EQAO is committed to supporting both the accountability and the continuous improvement of Ontario's education system. By providing a wide range of information to help interpret achievement results in context, EQAO helps schools and school boards to make informed programming choices."
—Dave Cooke, Chair, EQAO
"Considering many different types of data, from different sources, enables schools and boards to have richer discussions about their programs and practices and to develop targeted plans to improve learning for all students."
—Bruce Rodrigues, CEO, EQAO
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EQAO is an independent agency that creates and administers large-scale assessments to measure Ontario students' achievement in reading, writing and math at key stages of their education. All EQAO assessments are developed by Ontario educators to align with The Ontario Curriculum. The assessments evaluate student achievement objectively and in relation to a common provincial standard. EQAO is undertaking a multi-year project to move the provincial assessments online.
SOURCE Education Quality and Accountability Office
For further information: Media Contact: Angele Dufresne, Communications Officer, 416-314-4327, Angele.Dufresne@eqao.com