Headline writer fails
The Editor, It was with some curiosity that I read the front-page headline ‘Positive spin on low marks’ in the September 26 edition of Reading on, that curiosity turned to bewilderment as the subcaption read: “Area English-language public schools struggle to make provincial grade.”
As a parent of, what I consider to be “area English public school” students, I found this difficult to believe. As such, I did a five-second web search of EQAO (Education Quality and Accountability Office), the provincial standard testing framework, and at my fingertips were the results for any school in the province that I cared to review.
Looking at Laggan PS, my local “area school,” I noted that the latest results available for Gr. 3 were: Reading (2016-18): 97% at or above provincial standard; Writing (2016-18): 94% at or above provincial standard; Mathematics (2016-18): 79% at or above provincial standard.
My interest piqued, I continued on and noted that for Grade 6, the results were even higher: Reading (2016-18): 98% at or above provincial standard; Writing (2016-18): 98% at or above provincial standard; Mathematics (2016-18): 92% at or above provincial standard.
I’m neither an accountant nor mathematician by training, but it was clear to me after a full 10 seconds of investigation and evaluation of this publicly available information that what I, as a faithful
reader, consider my “area schools” do not fit the narrative that the author of this article was trying to sell.
On the contrary, this area school far exceeds the provincial standard. I wonder then, what portion of the weekly readership that the author was trying to reach with this article? Perhaps the legions of subscribers in the Cornwall, Stormont or Dundas regions? Was the author perhaps referring to their “area schools”? It would certainly seem that he or she couldn’t be referring to mine.
can, and should, do better for its readers and either perform some legitimate research when preparing its articles, or failing that, ensure that its front-page headlines are accurate.
Chris McPherson, McCrimmon