Student results improve in some subjects

FORT FRANCES—The Education Quality and Accountability Office released its 2005/06 test results for Grades 3 and 6 students across Ontario on Wednesday, and both local school boards continue to see incremental increases over time in most subjects.
The Rainy River District School Board saw the greatest improvements in Grade 3 reading, where 68 percent of its students scored at or above the provincial standard.
This is the highest number of successful students achieved by the public board in this subject in the five years of EQAO testing, and is six percent above the provincial average.
In writing, 61 percent of the board’s Grade 3 students scored at or above the provincial average. This is down three percent from last year, though it still is an improvement from previous years.
In math, 70 percent of students achieved or exceeded the provincial standard. This is six percent lower than last year’s results, but two percent higher than the provincial average.
Grade 6 students showed slower improvement, with 58 percent of students scoring at or above the provincial standard in reading.
This is down four percent from last year, and six percent below the provincial average, but still shows general improvement over the last five years.
Fifty-two percent of Grade 6 students met or exceeded the provincial standard in writing—down four percent from last year and nine percent below the provincial average.
The scores in Grade 6 writing have remained fairly constant over the five years of EQAO testing.
In math, 56 percent of students scored at or above the provincial standard. This is down six percent from last year, and is five percent below the provincial average, though the five-year trend shows improvement.
Meanwhile, Northwest Catholic District School Board also showed strong improvement in its Grade 3 results.
In reading, 64 percent of students met or exceeded the provincial standard. This is a five percent increase from the last year, and the highest score ever in Grade 3 reading for the local Catholic board.
In writing, 64 percent of students scored at or above the provincial standard—up nine percent from last year and in line with the provincial average.
And in math, 68 percent of students met or exceeded the provincial standard. This is a three percent increase from last year, but a three percent drop from the 2004/05 school year.
Grade 6 students again showed slower improvement, with 61 percent meeting or exceeding the provincial standard in reading. This is three percent below the provincial average, though the five-year trend continues to show improvement.
In writing, 59 percent of students scored at or above the standard—down three percent from last year and two percent below the provincial average.
In math, Grade 6 students fared much better, with 65 percent meeting or exceeding the standard. This is a six percent increase from last year, and the highest percentage attained by this board in this subject.
The EQAO is an arm’s-length agency of the Ontario government that aims to provide the public with accurate and reliable information about student achievement.
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)

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