TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Today the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released the 2013 school- and school-board results from for the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).
EQAO school reports provide school communities with rich information that contributes to understanding each student's achievement in relation to the provincial standard. The assessment results identify trends in student learning at the school, board and provincial levels and help pinpoint curriculum areas that need attention; data are used as a valid reference point by educators to help improve programs in their schools.
EQAO has published a video for parents titled "How Many Nickels Make a Dollar? The Importance of Proportional Reasoning in Your Child's Math Development". Proportional reasoning is an important mathematical way of thinking needed for much of the math that's used in school and in everyday life. The video explains what proportional reasoning is, why it's important and what parents can do to support its development in their children.
Research on the results of province-wide tests has shown that there is a clear relationship between early achievement and achievement in secondary school. Student cohort tracking results for 2013 revealed that
- in the academic math course, 93% of the students who met the provincial math standard in Grade 3 and Grade 6 met it again in Grade 9. Whereas 49% of the students who had not met the standard in Grade 3 and had not in Grade 6 also did not meet it in Grade 9.
- 70% of the students in the applied math course who had not met the standard in Grade 3 and had not in Grade 6 also did not meet it in Grade 9.
- Over three-quarters of participating students (76%) who were unsuccessful on the OSSLT on their first try this year had also not met the provincial reading standard when they were in Grade 6.
"There's no mystery who the students not meeting the provincial standard in secondary school are. We've been tracking their difficulties since elementary school. While the school system has been able to change the path of many students, there are still far too many whose struggles are just compounding year after year."
"EQAO's bias-free tests help answer a vital question: are kids learning the reading, writing and math skills The Ontario Curriculum says they should be learning? Ontarians have the right to know, objectively and honestly, how students in our schools are doing."
— Bruce Rodrigues, Chief Executive Officer, EQAO
Visit www.eqao.com for the following:
- New video, "How Many Nickels Make a Dollar? The Importance of Proportional Reasoning in Your Child's Math Development"
- EQAO School and School Board Profiles and Reports
- Infographic: 5 Things This Year's EQAO Results Reveal About Student Learning in Ontario
- Ontario Student Achievement: EQAO's Provincial Secondary School Report,: Results of the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, 2012-2013
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SOURCE: Education Quality and Accountability Office
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