TORONTO, June 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Today the Education Quality and
Accountability Office (EQAO) released school- and board-level results
from the 2010-2011 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). With the results now available on EQAO's Web site, school communities
across the province can access their local information and view the
outcomes of their collective effort to improve student literacy.
"School- and board-level results are an important piece of information
about student achievement in school communities across Ontario," said
Brian Desbiens, Chair of EQAO's Board of Directors. "These results are
one of the tools educators and system administrators use to help gauge
the effectiveness of their instructional programs and identify areas of
student learning that still require attention."
On June 8, EQAO announced that of the students who wrote the test for
the first time, 83% were successful, maintaining the high rate of
success seen over the past few years. With these results, schools and
school boards will be able to compare their own results to the
provincial results released last week.
"It's essential for communities to have reliable evidence about the
literacy development of students in their local schools," said
Marguerite Jackson, EQAO's Chief Executive Officer. "Good evidence
enables us all to do better by the students in our charge."
EQAO's comprehensive provincial report detailing the OSSLT results will
be published on September 14 as part of the agency's report on student
achievement in secondary schools. The report will also include the
results of EQAO's Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics.
During the week of June 20, students who took the 2011 OSSLT will
receive their individual results. EQAO's Individual Student Report
includes information about each student's areas of strength and
weakness on the literacy test.
All of the results released today are available on EQAO's Web site, www.eqao.com.
The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) came into being
in 1996 as an independent arm's-length agency of the Ontario government
after the Royal Commission on Learning recommended the establishment of
province-wide testing to evaluate and report on the quality of
education in Ontario schools. For more than a decade, EQAO's assessment
practices and processes have placed the organization at the forefront
of large-scale assessment programs worldwide. EQAO administers several
province-wide tests each year. Results from these assessments yield
individual, school, school board and provincial data on student
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