LINDSAY, ON – Today the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released the results of the Grade 9 Math and Ontario Secondary Student Literacy Test (OSSLT).
“We continue to see very positive results in both Grade 9 math and Grade 10 literacy for secondary students,” stated Director of Education Larry Hope, “96 percent of our academic students were successful on the OSSLT which is two percent higher than the province, and 60 percent of applied students were successful, which is ten percent higher than the province.”
65 percent of students requiring accommodations were successful – which is the board’s highest number ever, and considerably higher than the provincial average.
“Math results are equally as positive,” Hope continued, “89 percent of students studying at the academic level achieved level three or four. 56 percent of applied level students achieved level three or four, which is significantly higher than the province.” Secondary school focus has been on collaborative efforts between and within schools, including working with local elementary schools in math. There has also been continued emphasis by school student success teams on assisting students requiring support as they enter high school.
“Our secondary school EQAO results have been very encouraging for a number of years,” said board Chair Louise Clodd. “Providing professional development for our teachers in targeted instruction is really helping to design and deliver lessons based on the specific needs of our students.”
One area of continued focus by the secondary curriculum department is the gender gap in both literacy and math where girls continue to outperform boys by a significant margin. This includes reviewing the interests of boys, investing in reading specific to boys, and helping boys to make connections between learning math and future job possibilities.
More information is available on the EQAO website www.eqao.com
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