Catholic school board to see grade three, six test scores

The Northwest Catholic District School Board will take time at its regular meeting tonight to see just how its grade three and six students did with this year’s Education Quality and Accountability Office testing.
The detailed results—specifically, which percentage of students passed the reading, writing, and math tests back in the spring—will be looked at, as well as how well the students’ performances stood up to the provincial averages.
Since the initial testing in 1998, grade three and six students under the local Catholic board have shown improvement in some areas, like literacy, while continuing to struggle in others, like math.
But the board has implemented an action plan to focus on math, reading, and writing, and increase student performance in those areas.
The board had vowed to focus on math in particular in 2000-01.
Curriculum co-ordinator Ron Fryer will make a presentation tonight on how the board’s action plan has been implemented in the past year.
Earlier this month, the Rainy River District School Board revealed its grade three and six test scores, which showed improvements in all areas except grade three math, and in some cases, exceeding provincial averages.
Other business on the agenda tonight include:
•the board’s 2002 meeting schedule;
•a draft of Policy C-11 (Investment of Board Funds) will be up for approval;
•the November personnel report, which notes the appointment of one full-time business administrator and one full-time human resources administrator; and
•minutes of the special education advisory committee from its June 20 and Sept. 17 meetings.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the board office adjacent to St. Francis School.