EQAO Results for 2016-2017

EQAO Results for 2016-2017
Posted on 09/20/2017
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The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has released both provincial and school district results.  The provincial results were stable or had a downward trend in most categories and in particular, a downward trend in mathematics.  At the district level, results in all ten assessment categories remained unchanged or have declined.  We have compiled a five-year overview of the local results as well as a detailed analysis of our results for each assessment which includes information about achievement gaps by gender, for special education students, and for English Language Learners.

Read the 2016-2017 District and Provincial Results
Results for our Primary Division (Grade 3)
Results for our Junior Division (Grade 6)
Results for Grade 9 Math
Results for Grade 10 OSSLT

Our Successes

  • The OCDSB continues to be at or above the provincial results in all three assessments at the grade 6 level;
  •  The OCDSB continues to be at or above the provincial results in grade 9 academic math;
  • Our commitment to meeting the unique needs of our special education students is evidenced by the narrowing of the achievement gap between special education students (excluding gifted) and all students in all three assessment areas in both grades 3 and 6, as well as in Grade 9 Applied Math;

Our Challenges

  • Similar to the provincial experience, the OCDSB results show a downward trend in mathematics in the grades 3, 6 and 9 assessment results;
  • There is a decline in achievement results for all three assessments at the primary level (grade 3);
  •  Results for OCDSB English Language Learners is mixed, with a narrowing of the achievement gaps in some junior assessments, but a widening of the gap in most other assessment areas.

Next Steps

The school district will be taking a more detailed look at the results at both the district and the school level.  However, based on our preliminary review of the data, several strategies have already been identified.  Mathematics will continue to be the priority area of focus with the implementation of year 2 of the provincial Renewed Math Strategy.  Key components of this work include the following:

  • Focused strategies for improvement - Every School Learning Plan will include a mathematics strategy; additional district support will be provided to develop school-based strategies that will align with the Board Improvement Plan;
  • Enhancing teacher expertise – Every school has a lead math teacher who will continue to participate in math-focused professional development and have access to resources to support peer-to-peer learning at the school level. 
  • Focused professional development – All educators will participate in two half days of math instruction on PA Days in October and February
  • Focused instruction – Instructional strategies will focus on developing student proficiency in operational skills and problem solving;

In addition to our focus on mathematics, follow-up work will also be undertaken at the school level to look at student level data and supports provided to students.  Information and resources about provincial assessments and math instruction will continue to be made available to parents through the district website and in support of parents receiving individual student information about provincial results.

In the coming weeks, staff will be working on the Annual Student Achievement Report which will be presented to Committee of the Whole in November.  Additional information will be available at that time and it will be an important opportunity for discussion about student learning.

Does EQAO matter?

Proponents and critics of standardized testing often face the same question – do these provincial tests matter? The answer is yes. EQAO tests are an important mechanism for ensuring quality and consistency in our publicly funded education system in Ontario. Provincial tests do allow schools and districts to look at student learning data relative to other schools and districts.  This information can be helpful in better identifying student learning needs. At the same time, we understand that provincial assessment results are one indicator of student achievement, but they should never be viewed in isolation.  Our Annual Student Achievement Report looks at a broader range of indicators and measures of student learning and well-being. This is further supported by our review of data from school climate surveys which is particularly useful in understanding student's feeling of safety at school.

 EQAO Resources

Questions and Answers for Parents - Grade 3, Primary Devision Assessment
Questions and Answers for Parents - Grade 6, Junior Division Assessment 
Questions and Answers for Parents - Grade 9, Assessment of Mathematics 
Questions and Answers for Parents - Grade 10, OSSLT  

Math Resources

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