TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2016 /CNW/ - Today the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released reports on the 2015–2016 provincial assessments for each publicly funded school and school board in Ontario.
Elementary school reports provide results, demographic information and student questionnaire responses from the primary- and junior-division Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, written by students in Grades 3 and 6.
Secondary school reports provide similar information relating to the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test.
EQAO also published two comprehensive provincial reports of this year's results for the assessments: one for the elementary school system and one for secondary.
Today's release of school- and board-level results allows school communities across the province to take stock of their own journey toward helping all students master the fundamental reading, writing and mathematics skills defined by The Ontario Curriculum.
"At the local level, elected school trustees are ultimately the ones accountable to Ontarians for improvements in student achievement in the publicly funded schools of their communities. EQAO results provide some important insights about their students' achievement, demographics and attitudes to support these schools in their work."
"The appropriate use of the information we've published today is to help communities monitor their school's or board's progress over time and to inform discussions about improvement planning. Simplistic comparisons of one school's results to another's should be avoided, as they can lead to unfair and incorrect assumptions."
Find school or school board reports at www.eqao.com.
Ontario Student Achievement: EQAO's Provincial Elementary School Report: Results of the 2015–2016 Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division (Grades 1–3) and Junior Division (Grades 4–6)
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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.
EQAO provides results to each student who writes an assessment. Its personalized reports help support individual student learning. The agency provides schools and school boards with detailed reports about their students' achievement, as well as contextual, attitudinal and behavioural information from questionnaires, in an interactive online reporting tool. These data are used to improve school programming and classroom instruction. EQAO also reports the results of the provincial assessments publicly. This helps keep the public education system accountable to taxpayers.
EQAO is committed to building capacity for the use of data through articles, workshops, school stories and programs like the Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement. EQAO has an active research program that investigates factors that influence student achievement, school effectiveness and best assessment practices.
EQAO coordinates Ontario's participation in national and international assessments.
SOURCE Education Quality and Accountability Office
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