EQAO achievement scores

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EQAO achievement scores

Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) students continue to outpace provincial averages on the annual Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) standardized tests. The standardized tests were conducted in the 2018-2019 school year for Grades 3, 6, 9, & 10 to assess reading, writing & mathematics. Our Board results have consistently outperformed the provincial average in all assessments subject areas over the last six years.

The school board uses the EQAO data as one of its sources of information when developing school improvement plans. These plans pay particular attention to literacy and mathematics. EQAO test results serve as a snapshot of a student’s achievement compared to the provincial standard.


Focusing on improvement

Board and school improvement plans are developed with special attention to literacy and mathematics. We use a multi-faceted approach to help improve scores in numeracy. We have a strong focus on pedagogy (how we teach and learn), on curriculum, and on how students can apply what they have learned. As we implement the province’s renewed math strategy and build on our literacy gains, we continue professional development for our dedicated educators.


“Our educators work purposely to ensure literacy and numeracy are system-wide priorities. They do this through a culture of innovation, encouraging our students to become critical thinkers.”

Mark D. Mullan

Chairperson of the Board, OCSB

“Our staff carefully review the evidenced-based data to align their strategies with best practices to improve learning and teaching. Which creates opportunities for personalized learning based on the needs and interests of their students.”

Denise Andre

Director of Education, OCSB


About EQAO tests

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The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is an independent provincial agency funded by the Government of Ontario. Their 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 website.

Historical data / news releases

News Release 18-19.01 | EQAO: OCSB students outperform provincial averages on all tests
News Release 17.08 | EQAO: OCSB students surpass the province
News Release 16.09 | OCSB EQAO results surpass the province
News Release 15.07 | OCSB EQAO results for Grades 3 and 6
News Release 15.06 | OCSB EQAO results for Grade 9 Mathematics
News Release 15.05 | OCSB Grade 10 literacy test results above the province

OCSB (2018-2019)

  • Grade 3 Reading 81% 81%
  • Grade 3 Writing 79% 79%
  • Grade 3 Mathematics 66% 66%
  • Grade 6 Reading 85% 85%
  • Grade 6 Writing 86% 86%
  • Grade 6 Mathematics 53% 53%
  • Grade 9 Applied Mathematics 52% 52%
  • Grade 9 Academic Mathematics 89% 89%
  • OSSLT – Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (first time eligible students) 84% 84%

Province (2018-2019)

  • Grade 3 Reading 74% 74%
  • Grade 3 Writing 69% 69%
  • Grade 3 Mathematics 58% 58%
  • Grade 6 Reading 81% 81%
  • Grade 6 Writing 82% 82%
  • Grade 6 Mathematics 48% 48%
  • Grade 9 Applied Mathematics 44% 44%
  • Grade 9 Academic Mathematics 84% 84%
  • OSSLT – Ontario Secondary School Literacy test (first-time eligible students) 80% 80%

Percentage of students at or above the Provincial Standard (Levels 3 and 4) on the EQAO assessments of reading, writing, and mathematics and percentage of students successful on the OSSLT assessment for each of the grades.