Ontario School Boards’ Test Results Show Dire Need of Improvement

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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The results of the annual testing conducted by the Education Quality and Accountability Office show that math is still continuing to be a big struggle for both Grade 3 and 6 English students across the province. The results of Grade 3 and 6 students from both the Lambton Kent District School Board and St. Clair Catholic District School Board were released on Wednesday and found to be below the Ontario average in meeting or exceeding the provincial standard.

It was found that a total of only 62% of Grade 3 students with the public school board and 63% from the Catholic school board met the set standard, which are both below the provincial average of 67%. It was revealed that a total of 48% of public board Grade 6 students reached the EQAO standard and 46% of Grade 6 Catholic board students, whereas the provincial average was 54%. Having said that, the Grade 6 reading results were the strongest showing for Grade 6 public school students with 81% achieving the standard, which is an increment from 79% provincial average. Whereas, reading results for Grade 6 students in the Catholic board was 76%.

A public school board superintendent of education, Taf Lounsbury, mentioned in a written releasethat “the work that our teachers and students have done over time in literacy is reflected in our reading and writing results.” She added that “while overall board mathematics results are disappointing, we have many individual school success stories.”

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