Grade 9 EQAO math and literacy test results are in

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The local public and Catholic school boards sit around the provincial mark for mathematics after the Grade 9 EQAO results were released.

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released the school, board and provincial results for the 2012-2013 Grade 9 math assessments and the Ontario Secondary School  Literacy Test.

For the literacy tests, 84% of the Grade 9 students in the St. Clair board were successful in the test, slightly higher than the 82 %provincial average.

A total of 75 % of Grade 9 students in the Lambton-Kent District School Board were successful in the literacy test, compared to the 82% provincial average. That number is down 3% from the previous year.

“We are proud of our students’ continued hard work that has been supported by our dedicated principals, school staff and school communities to enhance the literacy and numeracy skills of all our students,” said Jim Costello, director of education for the public board. “Our theme for this academic year is engagement, as research clearly supports the fact that student achievement is improved when all are engaged in the learning process. Our work across the system will focus on engaging with students, staff and parents/community for every student, every day.”

In math, 41% of applied students in the St. Clair board met or exceeded the provincial expectations, compared to 44% province wide. A total of 84% of academic students met or exceeded the mark, which was the same as the provincial average.

“EQAO results must be viewed over time and St. Clair Catholic’s general trend in Grade 9 mathematics has been upward,” said Deb Crawford, superintendent of education for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board.  “We will continue our work to build on this trend as math remains a major focus in our Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and our secondary school improvement plans.”

In the public board, 44% of applied students met the mathematics mark, same as the provincial average. And 80% of academic students met or exceeded the expectations, four percentage points lower than the 84% provincial average for the math assessments.

The mathematics assessments were conducted at the end of each semester during the 2012-2013 school year, while the literacy tests were conducted last spring.

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