The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) publicly released the 2014 school and school-board results from its Grade 9 EQAO Math Assessment and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). EQAO reports provide school communities with information that contributes to understanding each student’s achievement in relation to the provincial standard.
Superintendent Joe Maurice commented, “EQAO results provide us with one source of information on student achievement that board and school personnel utilize in their school and board improvement planning.”
Grade 9 EQAO Math Assessment for 2013 / 2014:
Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics results were released by EQAO, for testing administered during the 2013/2014 school year.
Improvement was demonstrated by ADSB students enrolled in academic level math with 76% of students achieving at or above provincial standard, up by 1% from last year. Improvement was also demonstrated by ADSB students enrolled in applied level math with 51% of students achieving at or above provincial standard, up by 7% from last year. Secondary schools in the ADSB will continue to engage in numeracy collaborative inquiries in grade 9 math classes, continue to build connections with grade 7 and 8 teachers, and continue with the implementation of balanced mathematics programs.
Provincial results for students enrolled in academic math increased by 1% to 85%, while students enrolled in applied math increased by 3% to 47%.
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) Results for 2013 / 2014:
The percentage of Grade 10 ADSB students who were successful on the OSSLT was 74%, up by 1% from last year. Secondary schools in the ADSB will continue to focus on integrating reading and writing skills across the curriculum.
Provincially, the percentage of Grade 10 students who were successful on the OSSLT increased by 1% to 83%.
Michipicoten High School Profiled by EQAO:
As part of this reporting, EQAO highlights schools that are using EQAO data to improve teaching and learning. Algoma District School Board is pleased to announce that Michipicoten High School (MHS) in Wawa is one of 13 secondary schools being profiled provincially.
MHS is being recognized as a dedicated school community whose staff is making use of EQAO data to identify trends and make decisions about where improvements are needed for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). The school is committed to student success and works hard to ensure that students have the supports they need to achieve this success.
Principal Petar Kusic was quoted in the report “We pride ourselves here at Michipicoten for having developed a caring, challenging and safe environment in which students can
excel. Through our “Team Viking” approach, we have used EQAO data to help improve our literacy skills. All the staff focuses on literacy content and improvement.”
The complete report on MHS and all ADSB secondary school results will be available as of today
on the EQAO website.
Director of Education Lucia Reece noted, “Our EQAO results give us valuable data over time, and our staff use this data to analyze school trends and develop next steps for
instruction. We continue to make small but steady gains, as we work to ensure that we are able to sustain the strategies and interventions we are implementing.”