Catholic board’s test rates improve slightly

Test results for Grade 9 students with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board showed marginal improvement from last year, up one per cent.
The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released the results from the province’s Grade 9 assessment of mathematics and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). The board saw improvements in the OSSLT results for first-time eligible students, with 82 per cent of students achieving at or above the province standard. For previously eligible students, 53 per cent achieved the standard, which is higher than the provincial average of 50 per cent.
The board is encouraged to see continued improvement in Grade 9 academic mathematics. For the 2013-2014 school year, 79 per cent of students achieved at or above the provincial standard, which is a three per cent increase over last year. In applied mathematics, 42 per cent of students achieved the provincial standard, also a three per cent increase over.
The year over year results for both mathematics and the OSSLT continue to show a consistent upward trend, the board stated in a release.
“It is important that we look at how our students and schools are doing year after year – we are looking for overall trends so that we can focus our teaching and learning strategies where they are needed most,” said Brian Beal, Director of Education. “We are always looking for ways to improve. Our professional staff uses a number of tools, including EQAO results, to assess and evaluate student achievement with the ultimate goal of improving student learning in all subject areas.”
For more information on the board’s and individual school results, please visit the EQAO website.