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Wellington Catholic School Board Students Achievement on Provincial EQAO Assessments

September 19, 2018

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Wellington Catholic School Board Students Achievement on Provincial EQAO Assessments

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has released the results for provincial assessments including the Grade 9 Mathematics assessment, Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test and the Primary (Grades 1-3) and Junior (Grades 4-6) Reading, Writing and Mathematics assessments.  A summary of results for each of the assessments is as follows:

Grade 9 Math ​
Students in the Wellington Catholic District School Board continue to show consistent achievement on the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics according to results released today by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).

The assessment was administered at the end of first and second semester to students enrolled in the Grade 9 Academic or Applied Math Course.  Of the 523 students who completed the assessment, 438 students were enrolled in the Academic course while 85 were enrolled in the Applied course.

The percentage of students who met or exceeded the provincial standard on the 2017-18 Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics was 88% for the Academic course compared with the provincial average of 84%.  In the Grade 9 Applied course, the percentage of Wellington Catholic DSB students who met or exceeded the provincial standard was 54% compared to the provincial average of 45%.

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)
The OSSLT was conducted in the Spring of 2018 and is based on the expectations for reading and writing across all core subjects in the Ontario Curriculum up to the end of Grade 9. Successful completion of the OSSLT is one of the requirements leading to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.  A total of 697 students from Wellington Catholic DSB completed the assessment in 2017-18.​

Secondary students in Wellington Catholic high schools who participated fully and were eligible to write the OSSLT this year achieved a success rate of 82% compared to the Provincial success rate of 79%.

The five year trend data demonstrates results exceeding the Provincial rate.  Although the success rate for students with special education needs declined slightly from last year, the district's success rate exceeds the Provincial rate by over 10%.   The success rate for students in Applied English courses is consistent with last year and also exceeds the Provincial rate.

Primary and Junior Assessments
The Primary (Grades 1-3) and Junior (Grades 4-6) EQAO Assessments are based on expectations for Reading, Writing, and Math in the Ontario curriculum.  In 2017-18, 548 Grade 3 students from 18 schools completed the Primary Assessment while 567 Grade 6 students completed the Junior Assessment.  The results show that Wellington Catholic District School Board students are achieving scores that are on par with the provincial averages in Reading and Writing. Primary Math scores were 6% higher than the provincial average while Junior scores saw a decline in 2017-18. Further details can be found below:

Reading: On the Primary assessment, the percentage of Wellington Catholic DSB students who met or exceeded the provincial standard in reading was 74% compared with the provincial average of 75%. On the Junior assessment, 78% of Wellington Catholic DSB students met or exceeded the provincial standard compared to the provincial average was 82%.

Writing: In the writing portion of the assessment, Wellington Catholic DSB students performed similarly to students across the province. On the Primary assessment, 73% of Wellington Catholic students met or exceeded the provincial standard compared to the provincial rate of 72%. On the Junior assessment, 77% of students met or exceeded the provincial standard compared to the provincial rate of 80%.

Math: Primary students from Wellington Catholic DSB continue to outperform the provincial average by a margin of 6% and the results show a slight increase from last year's results.  67% of Primary students from Wellington Catholic met or exceeded the provincial standard in mathematics compared to the provincial average of 61%.  On the Junior assessment, 45% of Wellington Catholic DSB students achieved the provincial standard compared to the provincial average of 49%.

Wellington Catholic District School Board personnel use the provincial assessment data to inform and guide school improvement plans for student achievement as well as various professional development initiatives.

"Our Catholic schools remain committed to excellence and improving outcomes for all students", commented Tamara Nugent, Director of Education. "We are proud of the academic achievement of our students and the commitment of our staff in providing meaningful educational experiences in each our schools.  As the Ministry of Education continues to focus efforts on improving outcomes in mathematics learning and achievement, we too have made this a priority in our professional development planning for the 2018-19 school year."

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The Wellington Catholic District School Board is committed to supporting student success and academic excellence in all of its 22 schools. Our academic and extracurricular programs provide opportunities for over 8000 students to learn, lead and serve. Grounded in faith-based teaching, our schools are preparing students with the values and academic skills they need to be successful and contributing members of our society. 

For more information please contact:
Tamara Nugent, Director of Education
519.821.4600 x 214 | tamara.nugent@wellingtoncdsb.ca | @TamaraLNugent