EQAO creates and administers large scale assessments measuring student achievement in reading, writing, and mathematics at key transition points in a student’s school career: end of primary and junior divisions, and beginning of secondary school. Assessments align with the Ontario Curriculum and provide an objective measurement of student, school, board, and provincial achievement to inform priorities. EQAO data also act as indicators to identify needs, assess program effectiveness, and monitor student achievement.
Primary & Junior
From 2016 to 2017, schools receiving additional support within the WCDSB Renewed Math Strategy gained +4% in the primary and junior mathematics assessments. Grade three achievement exceeded the province in all areas: +2% in reading, +2% in Writing, and +5% in Mathematics. Grade six achievement exceeded the province in two areas: +1% in writing, and +2% in Mathematics. The five-year grade three trend indicates growth of 7% in reading, no change in mathematics, and a decrease of 2% in writing. The five-year grade six trend indicates growth of 5% in reading, growth of 5% in writing, and a decrease of 2% in mathematics.
Grade 9 Math
Schools receiving support through the WCDSB Renewed Math Strategy saw an average gain of 9% in applied level mathematics. Compared to the province, the same proportion of students meet provincial standards in the academic category (83%). In applied math, 55% of our students met the provincial standard, 11% above the provincial average. The five-year trend indicates growth of 10% (applied) and 4% (academic). Applied learners continue (at 55%) to perform below academic learners (83%).
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)
In 2017, the province surpassed the board OSSLT average by 3% – with only two out of five secondary schools individually surpassing the provincial average. A large proportion of students that were unsuccessful on both the primary and junior assessments in reading (32%) and writing (34%) were successful on the OSSLT. There is a success rate discrepancy between academic and applied level students which mirrors the province.