EQAO test results released

Press Release

The 2016-17 Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) results have been released.
The Rainy River District School Board has reviewed these results as compared to the previous year and to results over the past five years.
These results, along with other assessments, help the board to focus further supports for students and to priorize professional development for staff.
In 2016-17, 172 Grade 3 students in the board wrote the primary reading and writing assessments.
In reading, 68 percent achieved at or above the provincial level–an increase of 13 percentage points since 2012-13.
In writing, 66 percent achieved at or above the provincial level–up seven percentage points from 2012-13.
There has been an upward trend in reading results for both the local board and the province for the past five years, with the board narrowing the gap between the provincial results from 13 percentage points in 2012-13 to six percentage points in 2016-17.
For the junior level assessments, 179 Grade 6 students in the board wrote the reading and writing EQAO tests.
In reading, 75 percent achieved at or above the provincial level–an increase of seven percentage points from 2012-13.
In writing, 68 percent achieved at or above the provincial level, which was on par with the 2012-13 results.
Several of the board’s schools saw significant improvement in literacy from 2012-13, with Grade 3 students at Crossroads School in Devlin seeing an increase of 28 percentage points in both reading and writing assessments.
Grade 3 students at Robert Moore School here demonstrated an increase of 17 percentage points in reading and 21 percentage points in writing.
The Grade 6 students at Crossroads also saw an increase of 11 percentage points in reading while Robert Moore students saw an increase of 18 percentage points from the 2012-13 year.
Of the first-time eligible (FTE) students who participated in the Ontario Secondary School Literary Test (those in Grade 10 in the 2016-17 school year), 67 percent were successful.
This demonstrates a need for improvement, as compared to the provincial rate of 81 percent.
OSSLT data provides educators at the board and school level with a rich set of data to identify particular areas of need, to identify our strengths, and to provide focused instruction and assessment to close those gaps.
Mathematics also continues to be a priority of the Rainy River District School Board.
In 2016-17, 172 Grade 3 students participated in the EQAO mathematics test.
Of those, 58 percent achieved at or above the provincial standard–a seven percent increase from the 2012-13 school year.
Of the 179 Grade 6 students who wrote the EQAO mathematics test, 38 percent achieved at or above the provincial standard.
Of the 96 Applied Mathematics students who wrote the Grade 9 mathematics test, 35 percent achieved at or above the provincial standard.
These results align with the provincial trend.
For the 102 students in the Grade 9 Academic Mathematics, 83 percent achieved at or above the provincial standard, which is on par with the provincial results.
The Rainy River District School Board has continued its focus on mathematics for the 2016-17 school year as the development of students’ skills in mathematics is a priority.
The board will focus on strategies for improved numeracy outcomes through the Renewed Math Strategy, which looks to balanced math programming and guided math instruction, as well as ongoing professional development supports for educators.
“We use the EQAO assessments as part of our analysis of trends over the years and to celebrate our strengths, such as the many gains we have achieved,” said Director of Education Heather Campbell.
“We also recognize and look to find ways to work on our areas for growth so we can continue to support success for all students,” she stressed.
“While the board continues to see increasing graduation rates, we see there is still a need for continued improvement to close the gaps and to ensure increased student achievement,” Campbell conceded.