Investment in Junior Literacy Pays Off

EQAOThe Avon Maitland District School Board continued its upward trajectory in the provincial Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Junior Division. Last year’s Junior students (grade 6) took a major step forward in Reading, with 78% meeting or exceeding the provincial standard. This was one percentage point higher than the provincial average. In addition, AMDSB Junior students increased their scores from the previous year by five percentage points in Writing, and three percentage points in Mathematics.

Junior Results

The Board’s five-year trend in the Junior Division is impressive, especially in Reading and Writing. Over the past five years, Junior students have improved their scores by eleven percentage points in Reading, and ten percentage points in Writing. The trend in Junior Math is down slightly over the same time period, but the latest results saw a reversal in that small downward trend.

FiveYearEQAO Trend in Junior 2013

In the provincial Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division (grade 3), Avon Maitland students’ scores decreased slightly in all three categories. Scores dropped by four percentage points in Reading, five percentage points in Writing, and two percentage points in Mathematics.

EQAO-PrimaryChart 2013

While there has been a drop in the Primary scores from the 2011-2012 school year, the five-year trend for Primary students shows significant improvement in Reading and Writing over time, along with near maintenance of the status quo in Mathematics.

FiveYearEQAO Trend in Primary 2013

Data from EQAO is a key component in the larger assessment picture; in conjunction with other data sources (e.g., report card data, Running Records, classroom assessments, teacher and student perceptual data, etc.), that inform our learning at the system, school and classroom levels. Staff will now analyze the data for each school and for individual students. This analysis will result in adjustments to the Board’s improvement plan. School staff will be taking a closer look at the data on the PD day scheduled for October 11, 2013, in order to further refine their student achievement plans.

This year the Grade 9 Math and the OSSLT results were separated from the Primary/Junior and will be released to the public on Wednesday, September 25, 2013.