Avon Maitland schools continue to outperform the province in both the Academic and Applied streams in the EQAO Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics. In AMDSB, 61% of students enrolled in Applied mathematics successfully met the provincial standard, compared to 47% provincially. Of the students taking Academic mathematics, 90% successfully met the provincial standard, compared to 85% provincially. Not only are Avon Maitland students scoring higher than the provincial average, their rate of improvement is significantly greater. Avon-Maitland scores in the Applied stream increased by 9 percentage points (up from 52% in 2012-2013), compared to a 3 % increase (from 44% to 47%) provincially. Scores in the Academic stream increased by 4 percentage points (from 86% in 2012-2013), compared to a 1 point increase (from 84% to 85%) provincially.
Avon Maitland students have also made positive gains on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). The OSSLT is a provincial test which details how well our students have acquired skills in reading and writing up to the end of Grade 9. Students write this test during their Grade 10 year. Passing the OSSLT or the OSSLC (course) is a requirement of graduation. 81% of Avon Maitland students met or surpassed the standard on the OSSLT, an increase of 2 percentage from last year.
Data from EQAO is a key component in the larger assessment picture; in conjunction with other data sources (e.g., report card data, 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 September 26th, 2014, in order to further refine their student achievement plans.