LINDSAY, ON – Trillium Lakelands District School Board is seeing improvement in a number of areas across all grade levels, according to results released today by the Education Quality and Assessment Office (EQAO).

Significant advancement has been seen across Grade 3 reading, writing, and math in comparison to 2016 data. Results across Grade 6 show progress in reading and writing, with a slight decline in Grade 6 math performance.

“We are thrilled with the results from our primary grades, especially grade 3 math where we are above the provincial average,” says Director of Education, Larry Hope. “Our focused support for junior grade teachers will continue to help increase math content knowledge in a variety of ways.”

The 2016-2017 school year saw the introduction of a renewed math strategy for TLDSB, which included a focus on students with special needs – particularly in Grade 6 math where there is room for improvement. The board will continue to focus on professional development in junior grades in math, and allow teachers to make classroom changes that are connected to student assessment information.

Secondary schools in TLDSB are currently participating in a new program that offers a fully-integrated approach to grade 9 applied math, where the focus on math is across the entire school year, rather than only in one semester. Seventy-nine per cent of Grade 9 TLDSB academic level students achieved levels 3 and 4 in math. This is the first time both male and female academic students have achieved at the same level. Additionally, TLDSB students at the applied level achieved levels 3 and 4 higher than the provincial average.

“We are very proud of the strong leadership in our board, and the commitment of our staff to the academic excellence of our students,” says Chairperson Louise Clodd. “Students work hard every day, and our schools will continue to provide them with the support they need for increased confidence and enriched learning opportunities.”

TLDSB will continue to build on these results in the future by staying focused on the goals outlined in the Multi-Year Strategic Plan, ‘Embrace Learning’. More information on results may be found on the EQAO website.

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