School board touts test results

Students at the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board are performing at or above provincial testing standards, says the board.
Grade 3, 6 and 9 testing results for reading, writing and mathematics released by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) show a positive outcome for students and the board, according to a release. Results also indicate a “steady progress in the number of students who are meeting or exceeding provincial standards since the tests were first introduced in 2002/03.”
A focus on literacy has resulted in improvements from last year’s Grade 3 reading and writing and Grade 6 reading. Grade 9 math skills are also showing “continuous improvement over time,” with the percentage of students at or above provincial standards jumping to 74 per cent from 64 per cent, over five years.
“EQAO testing is one mechanism that we can use to see how our students and schools are doing. We continue to see improvements in reading, writing and math year after year and that tells us that we are on the right track,” said Brian Beal, director of education. “In our schools, we place a lot of emphasis on literacy and numeracy so that our students are well prepared for learning in all subject areas.”
For detailed information about board (public and separate) and individual school results, click here.

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