York students outperform provincial average

Students across York Region continue to outperform provincial averages in province-wide testing, according to results released Sept. 25 by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).

At the York Region District School Board (YRDSB), 90 per cent of Grade 9 math students in the “Academic” stream and 45 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 44 per cent of “Applied” stream students who achieved the standard.

Meanwhile, 89 per cent of Grade 10 students who wrote the 2019 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) for the first time were successful, compared with an average success rate of 80 per cent among all school districts across the province.

Among YRDSB’s Grade 3 students, 80 per cent achieved the provincial standard in reading, 78 per cent in writing and 69 per cent in mathematics. This compares with provincial averages of 74 per cent, 69 per cent and 58 per cent respectively. Among Grade 6 students, 87 per cent achieved the provincial standard in reading, 89 per cent in writing and 64 per cent in mathematics. This compares with provincial averages of 81 per cent, 82 per cent and 48 per cent respectively.

“Along with other classroom assessment and student demographic data collected from our Every Student Counts Survey, we will use EQAO data to help us to identify areas of improvement for our schools and system,” said YRDSB Director of Education Louise Sirisko, Director of Education. “This rich data will help us to better meet the needs of our underserved and underperforming students.” Individual school results are available on EQAO’s website at www.eqao.com.

At the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB), 88 per cent of Grade 9 math students in the “Academic” stream and 45 per cent of those in the “Applied” stream achieved the provincial standard, while 86 per cent of Grade 10 students successfully wrote the OSSLT.

Among YCDSB’s Grade 3 students, 81 per cent achieved the provincial standard in reading, 79 per cent in writing and 66 per cent in math. Among Grade 6 students, 89 per cent achieved the provincial standard in reading, 91 per cent in writing and 58 per cent in math.

The YCDSB recognizes the role EQAO scores play in the overall assessment of its students, “providing additional data to assist York Catholic in achieving its commitment to continuous improvement of student achievement, as outlined in our Multi-Year Strategic Plan,” says Director of Education Ab Falconi. Additional information about the 2019 EQAO and OSSLT results, including individual school results, are available on the YCDSB website at www.ycdsb.ca.

Successful completion of the OSSLT or the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course is among the requirements students must meet to graduate and obtain a high school diploma.

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