The Ottawa Catholic School Board is pleased to announce that its students ranked higher than the provincial average in all assessments: Grade 3 and Grade 6 reading, writing and math as well as Grade 9 applied and academic math. The Board’s students scored 5 to 8% higher than the province in all elementary assessments and 2 to 4% higher than the province in both Grade 9 assessments. Board and school improvement plans continue to be developed and special attention will be focused on mathematics.
We are very pleased with the results. We will continue to provide each school with all the resources it needs to help every student be successful.
The Board’s results have been consistently at (or higher than) the province over the last ﬁve (5) years in grade 3 and 6 reading, writing and mathematics assessments, as well as grade 9 applied and academic mathematics. Our results show constant improvement. We continue to develop classroom instructional practices that create the most effective learning environments for our students. Over 8,000 students in grades 3, 6, and 9, wrote the EQAO tests during the 2011-2012 school year. The assessments measure the reading, writing, and mathematics knowledge and skills that students are expected to learn.
The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is an independent provincial agency funded by the Government of Ontario. EQAO’s mandate is to conduct province-wide tests at key points in every student’s primary, junior and secondary education and report the results to educators, parents and the public. EQAO acts as a catalyst for increasing the success of Ontario students by measuring their achievement in reading, writing and mathematics in relation to Ontario Curriculum expectations. The resulting data provide a gauge of quality and accountability in Ontario’s publicly funded education system. EQAO distributes an individual report to each student who writes the tests and posts school, school board and provincial results on its Web site. Schools and school boards also create their own reports of EQAO data for distribution to parents and others in their communities.
Results for students with special needs in all areas of provincial testing continue to be above provincial results in most areas. Of particular note, 65% of students with special needs have passed the OSSLT, in comparison to 52% provincially. Results have steadily grown in the area of literacy, with an average 3% increase across all areas for both Grade 3 and Grade 6. Visit Special Education & Student Services >>