York Region District School Board secondary students continue to outperform provincial averages in province-wide testing, according to results issued by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).

Of the 8,576 Grade 10 students who wrote the 2018 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) for the first time, 87 per cent were successful, compared with an average success rate of 79 per cent among all school districts across the province.

For the Grade 9 math assessment, 90 per cent of secondary students in the academic stream and 51 per cent of students in the applied stream achieved the provincial standard. This compares with a provincial average of 84 per cent of academic stream students and 45 per cent of applied stream students who achieved the standard.

At the elementary level, 81 per cent of Grade 3 students achieved provincial standards in reading, 80 per cent in writing and 71 per cent in mathematics. This compares with provincial averages of 75 per cent, 72 per cent and 61 per cent respectively.

Among Grade 6 students, 88 per cent achieved the provincial standard in reading, 88 per cent in writing and 61 per cent in math. This compares with provincial averages of 82 per cent, 80 per cent and 49 per cent respectively. Individual school results are available on EQAO’s website at www.eqao.com/en/assessments/results.

CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD RESULTS

York Catholic District School Board continues to be one of the top-performing school boards in provincial EQAO and OSSLT testing, with 84 per cent of Grade 3 students meeting or exceeding provincial standards compared to 72 per cent provincially.

In writing, Grade 6 students tested at 89 per cent — that’s nine per cent above the provincial average. Grade 3 students showed improvement in reading from the previous year (at 83 per cent, compared to the provincial average of 75 per cent), while Grade 6 students held steady at 88 per cent compared to the provincial average of 82 per cent. Grades 3 and 6 math results are on par with last year, at 68 per cent and 58 per cent respectively.

Grade 9 academic math saw a modest increase over the previous year, with 87 per cent meeting or exceeding provincial standards. That compares to the province average of 84 per cent. Grade 9 applied math results came in at 39 per cent, below the provincial average of 45 per cent. On the Grade 10 literacy test, 84 per cent were successful compared to the provincial average of 79 per cent.

Successful completion of the OSSLT (or the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course) is one of the 32 requirements students must meet to graduate and obtain a high school diploma. More information about the 2018 EQAO and OSSLT results, including individual school results, are available at www.ycdsb.ca.

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