Grade 9 Applied Level Math surpasses province by 11%; Grade 3
Math is 5% above; Grade 6 Math is 2% ahead; Grade 3 & 6 Reading
and Writing also match or surpass provincial scores in annual assessments
Waterloo Region, ON – The Waterloo Catholic District School Board today released its 2016-17 Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessment results for reading, writing and mathematics in grades three, six, nine and ten. Grade nine students are only assessed in mathematics. Grade 10 students participate in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). WCDSB students scored above the provincial average in all grades in Math.
- The Grade 9 WCDSB to Ontario comparison shows WCDSB’s Applied Level Mathematics students above the province by +11% (at 55%) — while the board’s Academic Level Mathematics students match the provincial average of 83%. The board’s Applied Level Mathematics score represents at +6% increase over last year.
- The Grade 3 WCDSB to Ontario comparison shows WCDSB above the province by +5% in math (at 67%), by +2% in reading (at 76%) and +2% in writing (at 75%).
- The Grade 6 WCDSB to Ontario comparison shows WCDSB math +2% above the provincial average (at 52%), writing +1% above the province (at 80%) and reading at 81% — level with the province.
- Schools that received “Intensive Support” within the WCDSB Renewed Math Strategy (RMS), showed impressive achievement growth of between 11% and 34%.
- Schools that received “Increased Support” within the WCDSB Renewed Math Strategy (RMS), showed impressive achievement growth of between 4% and 24%. Four of the WCDSB’s five secondary schools improved their applied math scores. All four of these schools received increased support through the WCDSB Renewed Math Strategy (RMS).
- Results across the various measurement categories continue to indicate a general achievement gap in favour of female students. This gap is of most concern in Writing. However, in Grade 9 Applied Math, males students out-perform their female peers, while the reverse is true in Grade 9 Academic Math. Board staff continue to seek innovative strategies to narrow these gender gaps, which are prevalent across Ontario.
”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. We hope to learn from the efforts in these schools in order to continue improving our results across all schools in the region. We are proud of our staff who work diligently to bring all our students to success and we will continue building on our foundation of strong results in Waterloo Catholic. Our students deserve nothing but excellence in their classrooms, and we realize there is much more work remaining to be done.
~~ Loretta Notten, Director of Education
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 52 schools and five adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 180-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.
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