Today the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released results showing Halton District School Board students outperforming the province in Grade 9 Academic and Applied Mathematics, and on the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Secondary students must write the OSSLT as a requirement of graduation.
For Grade 9 Math, there are different assessments for students in the academic and applied courses. On the Grade 9 Academic Math assessment, 92% of students achieved the provincial standard, which is a 2% increase from the previous year's result. The provincial average remained the same at 83% of students achieving the provincial standard. In total, there were 3,484 students enrolled in the Academic Math course in 2016-2017.
For the 619 students in the Applied Math course, 52% attained the provincial standard in 2016-2017, a three percentage point decrease from the previous year. Since last year, the provincial average decreased by one percentage point from 45% to 44%.
The OSSLT results for 2016-2017 were also released today. The Halton District School Board's success rate for students writing the test for the first time decreased by one percentage point to 87%, while the provincial average remained the same as last year at 81%. The overall results for the OSSLT demonstrate that students in Halton continue to have strong literacy skills.
“We continued to have strong results on the Grade 9 Academic Math and Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test," says Julie Hunt Gibbons, Superintendent of Education for the Halton District School Board. “We will continue to implement our Math strategy with a specific focus for improvement on Grade 9 Applied Math achievement."
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