Provincial testing shows students in Oakville, Burlington, Milton well-above average


Published December 16, 2022 at 4:36 pm

Students in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills are performing above the provincial average in reading, writing and math.

The Ontario Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) shows Halton District School Board (HDSB) Grade 3, Grade 6 and Grade 9 students perform above the provincial average based on assessments completed in the 2021-2022 school year.

These results demonstrate that HDSB students are well above the provincial standard (Level 3 & 4, or a B grade or above) in Grade 3 and Grade 6 reading and writing, as well as Grade 9 mathematics and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test.

“We are very proud of the HDSB’s EQAO results as the board exceeds the provincial average on all assessments,” said Tina Salmini, HDSB associate director.

“After several challenging years, this success is attributed to the hard work, flexibility and dedication of our staff, students and families.”

In Grade 3 assessments, the HDSB outperforms the province by eight to nine percentage points.

In Grade 6 assessments, the HDSB exceeds the provincial average by six to 11 percentage points with more than 90 per cent of Grade 6 students meeting the provincial standard on reading and writing.

In Grade 9 math, the HDSB outperforms the provincial average by nine percentage points.

In primary classrooms, HDSB staff continue to focus on sustaining effective Comprehensive Literacy Programs, which include assessment for learning, differentiated and guided instruction and methods of monitoring student achievement.

EQAO assessment results expand upon the current knowledge about student learning, and serve as an important tool for improvement at the individual, school, school board and provincial levels.

The Board uses this data at the school and Board level, along with a variety of other student assessment data, to focus efforts toward continuously improving student achievement.

While students in the HDSB perform well above the provincial average, the board continues to prioritize math as an area for improvement. This work includes a focus on professional learning to support teachers in mathematics instruction and assessment, and supports an investment in high-quality resources and training in every school.

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