Board to review EQAO results

Nicholas Donaldson

The Rainy River District School Board will review the results of the 2016-17 EQAO testing at its regular meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at Rainy River High School.
The Education Quality and Accountability Office testing assesses reading, writing, and mathematics in certain grades to help the board determine where improvements can be made in the curriculum.
Some of the highlights mentioned in the report include Grade 3 reading results increasing 13 percentage points since 2012-13 and the Grade 6 cohort increasing the total number of students achieving level 3 or 4 by 20 percentage points compared to the same group of students’ Grade 3 results.
In writing, 66 percent of Grade 3 students achieved level 3 or higher, an increase of seven percentage points since 2012-13.
As well, the gap between the board’s achievement and the provincial achievement rates narrowed for mathematics, going from a difference of 16 percentage points in 2013 to just four percentage points in 2017.
For the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) results, the board saw only 67 percent of first-time eligible students successful in the March test, down from 74 percent of students successful in 2013.
The board will review these results and look at some next steps for improvement in the future, focusing on using the data to prepare students well before testing years.
A number of next steps for improving literacy and numeracy in the board are included in the report.
These include having the numeracy co-ordinators meet with teachers one-on-one, as well as ensuring a minimum of 60 minutes are devoted to math and 100 minutes of literacy instruction every day.
The report also noted lesson planning, parent engagement, reading recovery, and the continuation of a kindergarten strategy to extend literacy and numeracy learning.
Also at tonight’s meeting, the board will:
•hear about Riverview School’s “Day of Learning at Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung” for its monthly recognition of excellence;
•confirm the minutes of two special board meetings, including the one on Sept. 13 that saw the board resolve to consolidate the North Star Community School and Atikokan High School;
•seek to re-appoint Daryl Ellis as an external member of the Audit Committee for a three-year term ending Dec. 31, 2020, as recommended by the Audit Committee;
•seek to approve the following policies: 7.85 (Student Safety) and 1.41 (Trustee Expenses);
•receive and review a Joint Health and Safety report from Plant Operations and Maintenance manager Travis Enge; and
•receive an update from Director of Education Heather Campbell on the Annual Operational Plan focusing on a “Culture of Lifelong Learning.”