Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter said she believes the province’s renewed strategy on mathematics will help ease the drastic decline in standardized test scores among primary and junior school students.
Reports added that sixty seven per cent of Grade three students throughout the TDSB met the math standard, compared to seventy one per cent between 2013 and 2014 and Grade six students scored fifty-five per cent, compared with fifty nine per cent between 2013 and 2014.
The TDSB’s Grade 6 scores appear to be slightly more successful when compared with the provincial average which show only about 50 per cent of Grade 6 students in Ontario met the standard.
The Ontario Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released its results for the Grade 3, 6 and 9 tests today.
But math results – particularly for Grade 6 students – have dropped.
Wallace said school and board staff is examining the results to understand what needs to be done to improve scores.
The school year has just barely started, but new test scores have been released for the annual EQAO results.
“I see the numbers and I see that we have work to do, not only as district but as a province”, said Dorothy Baker, superintendent of curriculum services for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.
Mary Ann Langlois-Smith, a Grade 6 teacher at St. John Vianney, credits a move towards spending 10 minutes daily in class on basic math operations and partnering with parents for making the school one of the board’s outstanding math performers.
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board fared better in the EQAO testing. “Our focus now is on how we best support teachers-of all grades-so, collectively, we can ensure our students are prepared to demonstrate their learning on these tests”. It focuses on problem solving.
“I do know we have to do better and that we can do better”, Bryant said.
– Grade 9s in applied math: UGDSB 71 percent, WCSB 57 percent.
The provincial average in applied math was 45 per cent and 83 per cent in the academic stream.
The provincial average in reading was 72 per cent and 74 per cent in writing. That represents a two-point gain in writing and no change in reading.
In the Ottawa Catholic Board, 54 per cent of its 2,670 students tested met the standard, compared with 70 per cent of its Grade 3 students.