EQAO data is one factor that guides actions taken by the Board to improve student achievement. "The advancements made by cohorts of students, from Grade 3 to Grade 6 and Grade 9 and 10, demonstrate how we can correlate our work to the results," says Director of Education Erin Kelly (pictured, right).
Programs and initiatives such as Lexia and Empower, the recommendations of the GECDSB's Math Task Force along with the province's Math Strategy, and now Write Traits, Knowledgehook and S.A.L.T. (Special Assignment Literacy Teachers) are responses to information generated, in part, by the provincial tests.
The 2016-17 EQAO assessment results were released on September 20th. They detailed the performance of students in Grade 3 & 6 in math, reading and writing; Grade 9 students in math and Grade 10 students in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy test (OSSLT). "It's apparent that we still have work to do," Ms. Kelly stated. "But I am encouraged by the way we have met the challenges. There has been and continues to be lots of professional development. We remain committed to a long-term approach to improving student achievement."
This year, "we saw improvements at schools where we had the most aggresive interventions," stated Superintendent of Education Vicki Houston. There was a marked improvement in reading scores, for instance, among students with special education needs in the primary and junior divisions.
The detailed results for the latest assessments have been posted in the EQAO section of the Board's website.