The Rainy River District School Board is pleased that its 2009-10 Education Quality and Accountability Office scores show significant improvement in Grade 9 mathematics, as well as in Grade 6 reading, writing, and math.
Grade 3 math remained stable while there was a slight decrease in Grade 3 reading and writing.
The board will use the results of these assessments to celebrate achievements and to identify challenges, to inform teacher practice that will support improved student learning, and to guide all school improvement planning.
The 2009-10 Grade 9 mathematics results, in which 272 students wrote the assessment, reveal there are significant increases in student performance.
Over the past five years, the percentage of students in academic math who achieved at or above the provincial standard of Level 3 and Level 4 increased from 65 percent to 81 percent.
Results in applied math increased from 32 percent to 42 percent.
In 2009-10, 172 Grade 3 students wrote the assessment.
Combining the results for Levels 3 and 4 indicates the board has 66 percent of Grade 3 students in math achieving at or above the provincial level of achievement, 51 percent in reading achieving at or above the provincial level of achievement, and 58 percent in writing achieving at or above the provincial level of achievement.
In comparison to the provincial results, the board’s results are somewhat lower.
Level 2 is achieving at grade level, and the number of Grade 3 and Grade 6 students achieving below Level 2 remains low, which indicates the board has used effective strategies and supports for its students who otherwise would be at risk of not achieving success in school.
In 2009-10, 168 Grade 6 students wrote the assessment.
Combining the results for Levels 3 and 4 indicates the local public board has 54 percent of Grade 6 students in math achieving at or above the provincial level of achievement, 65 percent in reading achieving at or above the provincial level of achievement, and 64 percent in writing achieving at or above the provincial level of achievement.
The 2009-10 Grade 3 and 6 assessment results earned Sturgeon Creek School in Barwick a success story acknowledgement from the EQAO for its steady improvement in all areas of Grades 3 and 6 scoring.
“Our teachers and administrators have worked very hard, and we are encouraged by individual schools that have shown great success due to targeted supports,” said Education Director Heather Campbell.
“It is our goal to expand and enhance these supports to truly transform the achievement of all students,” Campbell added.
For further details, visit the EQAO’s website at www.eqao.com