Board announces EQAO test results

Press Release

The Rainy River District School Board continues to see a steady improvement in reading and writing at the primary and junior levels according to 2013-14 results released yesterday by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).
These results, analyzed with the results of other assessments, help the board to focus further supports for students and to priorize professional development for staff.
In 2013-14, 177 Grade 3 students wrote the primary assessments.
The local board has 58 percent of Grade 3 students in reading achieving at or above the provincial level of achievement—an increase of seven percentage points over the past five years.
And 69 percent of Grade 3 students in writing are achieving at or above the provincial level of achievement—an improvement of 11 percentage points over the past five years.
This continued progress in literacy achievement is further demonstrated by the results of Grade 3 students who completed the test in 2010-11, as compared with their results as Grade 6 students in 2013-14.
In 2010-11, 63 percent of Grade 3 students achieved at or above the provincial standard.
The 37 percent of students who had not made the provincial standard in Grade 3 reading in 2010-11 were supported to see an eight-point percent increase of those achieving at or above the provincial standard as Grade 6 students in 2013-14.
Similarly, there was an increase of four percentage points in the cohort of students achieving at or above the provincial level of achievement in Grade 6 writing.
For the junior level assessments, 182 Grade 6 students completed the assessments.
Combining the results for Levels 3 and 4, which is achieving a B- to A+, indicates that the local board has 71 percent of Grade 6 students in reading achieving at or above the provincial level of achievement.
And 64percent of Grade 6 students in writing are achieving at or above the provincial level of achievement.
Over the time, the board has demonstrated significant improvement in this area, with results for junior level reading increasing by six percentage points over the past five years.
Over the past year, the board has heightened its focus on mathematics, with professional development for teachers, early childhood educators, and administrators.
In 2013-14, 56 percent of Grade 3 students in math achieved at or above the provincial level of achievement.
Meanwhile, 45 percent of Grade 6 students in math achieved at or above the provincial level of achievement.
Similar to the provincial focus on numeracy, the Rainy River District School Board recognizes that mathematics is a priority, with greater focus on strategies for improved numeracy outcomes for students.
For further details, visit the EQAO’s website at www.eqao.com