Student testing shows general improvement

Students across the district, on average, are showing improvement on EQAO scores over the last three years, and in some cases surpassing the provincial average.
The Rainy River District School Board showed particularly strong results among Grade 3 students.
Of the board’s 183 Grade 3 students, about 83 percent participated in the testing. Of those, 81 percent met or exceeded the provincial standard in reading—compared to 58 percent across the province.
This is a 24 percent increase over the scores from 2001-02.
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 the participating students met or exceeded the provincial standard—a 10 percent increase from 2001-02 and eight percent higher than the provincial average.
Among district Grade 6 students, about 90 percent participated in the testing.
Of those, 59 percent met or exceeded the provincial standard in reading, 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 showed their strongest results in math, with 63 percent meeting or exceeding the provincial standard—up six percent from 2001-02 and two percent higher than the provincial average.
Students with the Northwest Catholic District School Board showed similar results, particularly among its 150 Grade 3 students, of whom about 95 percent participated in the testing.
Of those, 66 percent met or exceeded the provincial standard. That’s a 21 percent increase over two years ago and eight percent above the provincial average.
In writing, 68 percent met or exceeded the provincial standard—a five percent increase from 2001-02 and seven percent higher than the provincial average.
And in math, 74 percent met or exceeded the provincial standard, compared to the provincial average of 68 percent. That’s an 11 percent increase over two years ago.
But it was a different story for the roughly 98 percent of the board’s 169 Grade 6 students who participated in the testing.
In reading, only 50 percent of students met or exceeded the provincial standard—a two percent drop from 2001-02 and 11 percent lower than 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 of 61 percent.
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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