TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2015 /CNW/ - Reports on student Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) achievement results for all Ontario schools and school boards are now available on EQAO's Web site, www.eqao.com. A full provincial report on the OSSLT has also been released.
In 2015, 82% of students across the province who wrote the test for the first time were successful. This means that the vast majority of Grade 10 students were able to demonstrate the minimum literacy skills required.
Most students who were not successful on the test in Grade 10 also had not met the provincial reading and writing standards when they were in Grade 6.
While the percentage of students meeting the reading standard in Grade 6 has been steadily increasing for many years, new strategies are needed to support those who do not meet the standard, so they can turn their literacy struggles around by Grade 10. Five years ago, 59% of students improved to be successful on the Grade 10 literacy test after having not met the reading standard in Grade 6. In 2015, that number has dropped to 48%.
EQAO tracks the progress of students as they advance from the junior-division (Grade 6) assessment to the OSSLT. Each school's Tracking Student Achievement report can be found by searching the school's name, address or postal code on EQAO's Web site, www.eqao.com.
- Of the 127 867 students who wrote the OSSLT for the first time in 2015,
- 82% were successful (105 309);
- almost 9 out of 10 female students (86%) were successful;
- almost 8 out of 10 male students (78%) were successful;
- more than 7 out of 10 (73%) English language learners were successful and
- just over half (54%) of students with special education needs were successful.
- The success rate on the OSSLT has remained high and stable for many years.
- Five years ago (2011), 59% of students improved to be successful on the Grade 10 literacy test after having not met the reading standard in Grade 6. In 2015, that number has dropped to 48%.
"Assessing all of our students against provincial standards is what allows us to uncover important trends such as the decline in students improving to meet the standard, and EQAO will continue to investigate. A school system that's serious about continuous improvement must have system-wide evidence of student achievement that's both objective and reliable."
— Dave Cooke, Chair, EQAO
"We know that receiving the right attention and support has helped many students who didn't meet the provincial standard in elementary school overcome their early literacy struggles. This effort must continue if we are to ensure that all students have the basic literacy skills they need to participate fully in society."
— 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.
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
For further information: For further information and to arrange interviews, please contact Angele Dufresne, Communications Officer, 416-314-4327, [email protected]