Student test scores show general improvement

Students across the district, particularly those in Grade 3, continue to show general improvement in their scores on provincial standardized testing which were released last week.
Of the Northwest Catholic District School Board’s 150 Grade 3 students, about 95 percent participated in the testing last spring.
Of those, 66 percent met or exceeded the provincial standard in reading. That’s a 21 percent increase over the 2001-02 test scores—and eight percent above the provincial average.
In writing, 68 percent met or exceeded the standard—a five percent rise over two years ago and seven percent higher than the provincial average.
And in math, 74 percent of Grade 3 students met or exceeded the standard. That’s an 11 percent increase over two years and six percent above the provincial average.
The Rainy River District School Board showed similar improvements. Of its 183 Grade 3 students, about 83 percent participated in the testing.
Of those, 81 percent met or exceeded the provincial standard in reading. That’s a 24 percent increase over two years—and six percent above the Ministry of Education’s goal of a 75 percent success rate.
The provincial average this year was 58 percent.
In writing, 67 percent of participating Grade 3 students met or exceeded the provincial standard—a five percent jump from two years ago. The provincial average was 61 percent.
And in math, 76 percent of students met or exceeded the provincial standard—a 10 percent jump from 2001-02 and eight percent higher than the provincial average.
“This year’s results for the Rainy River District School Board are very positive,” noted Linda Hill, the assistant superintendent of education.
“We are continuing to move toward our goal for improved student achievement in the areas of reading, writing, and math,” she added.
However, the Grade 6 results were less successful across the district.
Of the local Catholic board’s 169 Grade 6 students, about 98 percent participated in the testing. In reading, just 50 percent met or exceeded the provincial standard—a two percent drop from 2001-02 and 11 percent below the provincial average.
In writing, 54 percent of students met or exceeded the provincial standard. That’s a seven percent increase from two years ago but remains three percent behind the provincial average.
And in math, 53 percent met or exceeded the provincial standard—an increase of three percent over two years but eight percent below the provincial average.
The public board showed similar results among its 214 Grade 6 students, 90 percent of whom participated in the testing.
In reading, 59 percent met or exceeded the provincial standard—a two percent increase from 2001-02 but slightly below the provincial average of 61 percent.
In writing, just 51 percent met or exceeded the provincial standard—down three percent from two years ago and six percent below the provincial average.
Grade 6 students with the public board showed their strongest results in math, with 63 percent meeting or exceeding the provincial average—up six percent from 2001-02 and two percent higher than the provincial average.
“We are very pleased with the steady increase in reading and mathematics in both Grades 3 and 6 since 1999-2000,” noted Hill.
“The progress they have made demonstrates the results that can be achieved when everyone in the education community, including parents, teachers, and administration, works together.
“Writing continues to be an area for improvement and we will be looking at ways to address this,” she added.
Hill noted the public board would continue its efforts in professional development and teacher training “in our ongoing effort to improve student achievement in our schools.”
Province-wide, scores continue to improve, but remain well below the ministry’s goal of 75 percent of students meeting or exceeding the provincial standard.
The Education Quality and Accountability Office is an arm’s-length agency of the provincial government that creates standardized tests to provide parents, teachers, and the public with accurate and reliable accounts of student success.

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