Results released today from the Ontario Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) show Halton District School Board students continue to perform above the provincial average. The results in Grade 3 Reading, Grade 6 Reading and Grade 6 Writing are the highest level ever. These results are based on assessments completed in the 2016-2017 school year for primary and junior students in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
In Grade 3:
- Reading: Results show a three percentage point gain from the previous year in Reading from 79% to 82% of students achieving at or above the provincial standard, while the provincial average is 74%.
- Writing: The results show that 79% of students attained the provincial standard, an increase from 78% last year, while the provincial average is 73%.
- Math: Halton results remain unchanged at 70% compared to the previous year, even though the provincial average dropped one percentage point from last year to 62%.
In Grade 6:
- Reading: Results increased from the previous year by two percentage points to 87% of all students achieving at or above the provincial standard, while the provincial average remains at 81%. The past five years have seen an overall growth of 5% in Junior Reading.
- Writing: Results show an increase from the previous year from 85% to 86% of all students achieving at or above the provincial standard, while the provincial average decreased to 79%. In the past five years, there has been an overall increase of 6% in Junior Writing.
- Math: Halton math results increased by one percentage point to 57% of students achieving at or above the provincial standard. The provincial average remains unchanged in Grade 6 Mathematics with 50% of students achieving at or above the provincial standard.
While the Board is pleased with the overall EQAO results, having achieved higher than the provincial results in all six categories of the primary and junior assessments, the Halton District School Board recognizes the need to improve, particularly in the area of math.
“While the news is good, we do recognize we have work to do, specifically, Junior Mathematics is an area of growth, as it is for school boards across Ontario," says Tina Salmini, Superintendent of Education for the Halton District School Board.
“The province has initiated a Renewed Math Strategy and our Board's Mathematics Improvement Plan is aligned with it. This will remain a key focus for our Board over the next several years."
This work includes:
- A focus on Mathematics leadership across the Board
- Professional learning to support our teachers in mathematics instruction and assessment
- Investment in high quality resources and training for these resources in every school
“We recognize our staff members make a significant impact on students each and every day," says David Boag, Associate Director for the Halton District School Board. “We applaud our families and students for their hard work, support and partnership. This partnership is acknowledged when we say, 'Together, we inspire every student to learn, grow and succeed.'"
Note: The provincial standard is Level 3 & 4, or a B grade or above.
View the HDSB's video with details concerning the EQAO results.
For more information, including school-based results, visit the EQAO website.
For additional information, contact:
David Boag, Associate Director of Education
Halton District School Board
905-335-3663, ext. 3352; Toll free: 1-877-618-3456