FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is an independent provincial agency funded by the Government of Ontario. EQAO’s mandate is to conduct province-wide tests at key points in every student’s education and report the results to educators, parents and the public. EQAO measures student achievement in reading, writing and mathematics in relation to Ontario Curriculum expectations.
EQAO assesses students throughout their school career:
- Grade 3 assessment of reading, writing and mathematics
- Grade 6 assessment of reading, writing and mathematics
- Grade 9 assessment of mathematics (all students working toward a credit in Grade 9 Academic or Applied Mathematics are required to participate)
- Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) – successful completion of the test is one of the requirements students must meet to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
EQAO assessments are marked by Ontario teachers during the spring and summer. Reports from EQAO include the
individual reports to show the child’s progress and summary reports detailing overall results of the school. These summary reports are available online in public form, and also in detailed form for the school to better understand the strengths and areas for improvement.
Overall, AMDSB is in line or slightly above the provincial average (see chart below) and over the last five years, AMDSB has seen a steady increase in most indicators.
The schools and the Board value the feedback from the EQAO assessments. As well-designed standardized assessments, the EQAO assessments provide feedback to parents, schools and the system. This feedback is used in conjunction with report card data, classroom assessments, along with teacher and perceptual data to tell us how we are doing at the Board, school and classroom level. As Director of Education, Dr. Lisa Walsh pointed out, “The information that we receive from the EQAO office helps guide our work in the areas of literacy and numeracy. We will continue to use this information at the school and district level to determine where our efforts need to be focused.”
The board will further review the 2018-2019 EQAO data for refinement of our Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-being (BIPSAW). Schools have been provided their data and have begun to explore areas of need, and to develop strategies to address growth and improvement for their students in the areas of Primary reading, Primary and Junior mathematics, and adolescent literacy.
For more information, please contact:
Manager of Communications and Public Relations
519-527-0111 x132 (office)