LINDSAY, ON – Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) is taking a close look at the latest results from this past spring’s Education Quality and Assessment Office (EQAO) assessment. For the first time in many years, TLDSB has experienced a decline in results across both grades 3 and 6 reading, writing, and math as well as the grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), a graduation requirement for all secondary school students. TLDSB EQAO assessment results have typically been either at or above the province in most areas.
“Although these are not the results we expected, we are confident we can turn things around,” said Superintendent of Learning Andrea Gillespie, “As a system we know how to monitor and improve student achievement. Our staff at the school and the system level will continue to do everything possible to provide the best opportunities for all our students to succeed and improve.”
School and system leaders are reviewing all of the data to determine next steps, which will include strengthening the collaboration with and between teaching staff, consultants, and administrators. Our recently revised strategic plan “Embrace Learning,” identifies a number of key components that will assist us in meeting the needs of individual students while ensuring appropriate professional learning opportunities for our staff.
The school board is committed to identifying areas of greatest need, which will become the content for continued professional learning. Multi-department teams will continue to work together with schools to offer job-embedded learning including supports for students with special needs.
“While we are disappointed in the recent results,” commented TLDSB Chairperson Louise Clodd, “We are confident that our senior administrators, our principals, and our school staff will review and plan the best way forward from here.”
More information may be found on the EQAO website www.eqao.com