Secondary math teachers from across the District gathered this week to sharpen their teaching skills and further improve learning strategies for their students.
Led by Dr. Marian Small, renowned author and International Professional Development Consultant for Improved Mathematics Education, the educator teams zeroed in particularly on improving outcomes for students who are not yet demonstrating a standard level of math proficiency.
The workshop coincides with the latest report of Grade 9 Assessments of Mathematics released this week by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). Results and individual school profiles can be reviewed by following this EQAO Report link.
The Grade 9 Assessments of Mathematics measure how well students of the Academic and Applied courses have met the expectations of the Grade 9 curricula. Assessments for students taking Academic and Applied courses are aligned with curriculum expectations for each course. Students in locally developed courses do not take part in this assessment. The Grade 9 assessments were written each semester during class time in January and June 2015.
Provincial-level results for the English-language school system will not be available this year, as not all schools in the system participated due to labour disruptions. Every school and school board in the English system that fully participated in the Grade 9 math assessment received a report of their results, on October 28.
Provincial results for the French language system are as follows: 82% of students in the academic math course met the provincial standard, a drop of 2 percentage points from 2014; and 49% of students in the applied math course met the provincial standard, a drop of 2 percentage points from 2014.
Avon Maitland District School Board academic and applied scores continue to maintain a positive trend line with scores dipping somewhat this year. Of the students taking applied mathematics, 55% successfully met the provincial standard (from 61%). Of the students taking academic mathematics, 84% successfully met the provincial standard (from 90%). The five-year trend data is as follows:
Academic 3 year rolling average
- 2010-2013 – 86%
- 2011-2014 – 87%
- 2015-2015 – 87%
Applied 3 year rolling average
- 2010-2013 – 50%
- 2011-2014 – 55%
- 2015-2015 – 56%
“We are pleased to announce that, of the students who were unsuccessful in AMDSB in Grade 6, we were able to close the gap and move 52% to standard or above on the Grade 9 applied EQAO assessment”, states Superintendent Jane Morris. “However, student achievement in the applied math course requires continued attention and, as exemplified in our ongoing workshops with Dr. Small, remains a focus of our professional learning in secondary schools.”