Lo­cal schools fare bet­ter in EQAO re­sults

Stan­dard­ized test­ing of stu­dents con­tin­ues to of­fer a mixed bag of con­cerns, some op­ti­mism

The Woolwich Observer - - FRONT PAGE - ALI WIL­SON

STAN­DARD­IZED TEST

SCORES IN read­ing, writ­ing and math­e­mat­ics con­tinue to be a prob­lem provin­cially, but lo­cal schools are typ­i­cally ahead of the curve, ac­cord­ing to school-by-school re­sults re­leased last week.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Qual­ity and Ac­count­abil­ity Of­fice (EQAO) is re­spon­si­ble for con­duct­ing the tests in which Grade 3 and 6 stu­dents are as­sessed on read­ing, writ­ing and math­e­mat­ics, while Grade 9 stu­dents are as­sessed in math­e­mat­ics.

“EQAO scores are one of many tools we use to judge our progress as a school sys­tem. But they are just one snap­shot in time and, rec­og­niz­ing the unique­ness of ev­ery school and each

co­hort of stu­dents, they need to be an­a­lyzed care­fully. We are par­tic­u­larly pleased this year to note that where we have had the op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide in­ten­sive or in­creased sup­port through the re­newed math strat­egy, we are see­ing pos­i­tive gains,” said Loretta Not­ten, di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion for the Water­loo Catholic District School Board. “Our stu­dents de­serve noth­ing but ex­cel­lence in their class­rooms, and we re­al­ize there is much more work re­main­ing to be done.”

Across both the WCDSB and the Water­loo Re­gion District School Board, math scores showed the most growth, the trend en­com­pass­ing Welles­ley and Wool­wich area schools from both boards.

“Suc­cess in math re­flects a strong com­mit­ment and fo­cus by the Water­loo Catholic District School Board, to use a wide ar­ray of data (pri­mar­ily EQAO), to iden­tify learn­ing needs and ad­dress them through fo­cused and job-em­bed­ded pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment,” said su­per­in­ten­dent John Klein. “It re­veals a pur­pose­ful at­ten­tion to col­lab­o­ra­tion and sup­port for our teach­ers and stu­dents.”

John Bryant, di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion with the WRDSB, in­di­cated that he is pleased to have been able to close the math­e­matic gap to the pro­vin­cial level, but says there is still work to do.

“We set am­bi­tious tar­gets to improve stu­dent out­comes and experiences last year, and we have placed a sig­nif­i­cant em­pha­sis on im­ple­ment­ing strate­gies to help us achieve those goals. These re­sults il­lus­trate our com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the out­comes and ex­pe­ri­ence for WRDSB stu­dents is be­gin­ning to take root.”

[FAISAL ALI / THE OB­SERVER]

With tem­per­a­tures soar­ing above 30 de­grees on Tues­day, the Elmira splash pad was a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for lo­cal kids.

Provin­cially, fluc­tu­at­ing scores leaves boards scram­bling for an­swers, and some par­ents with more than a few ques­tions.

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