September 20, 2017

Peel board EQAO, OSSLT results remain in line with provincial scores

EQAO scores increase significantly for grade 6 students with special education needs over last five years

At the Peel District School Board, most grade 3, 6 and 9 EQAO test scores and Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) scores remain in line with provincial results, which show steady rises in writing and reading for grades 3 and 6. EQAO scores for grade 6 students with special education needs have risen as much as 23 per cent, in some areas, over the last five years.

As with most other school boards in Ontario, math results have reduced from previous years. In response to this decline, the Ontario government announced the need to launch a multi-year initiative to modernize curriculum and assessment tools from kindergarten to grade 12. In particular, the curriculum reform will focus on a review of provincial assessment and reporting practices, including math, where EQAO scores are falling or stagnating across the province. 

Notes Director of Education Peter Joshua, "We're pleased to see the tremendous growth of our EQAO results for our students with special education needs—a credit to our dedicated staff and hard-working students. But, we also know that there is more work to do in other areas. Specifically, through our EngageMath strategy, we will continue our focus on mathematics to help raise scores that have declined steadily over the last five years, both provincially and within the Peel board. We'll also work closely with the Ontario government to engage in conversations about their plans for a math curriculum refresh, and to identify specific areas that can support our students in numeracy success on the EQAO assessment and beyond."

Notes Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Support Services Adrian Graham, "Understanding basic facts and operational skills are key to ensuring that our students develop the foundational skills they need to do higher level mathematical thinking. Through a balanced approach to math instruction and assessment, our EngageMath strategy will focus on the acquisition of these foundational skills, reasoning and problem-solving, and the development of conceptual and procedural understanding. Our work to strengthen the connection between skills, concepts, strategies and thinking will be supported through ongoing professional learning this school year."

Overall, this is how grade 3 and 6 students performed:

 All grade 3 students – levels 3, 4 ​ ​All grade 6 students – levels 3, 4 ​ ​
 

2016-17

Peel

2016-17

Province

2015-16 

Peel

2016-17

Peel

2016-17

Province

2015-16

Peel

Reading76%74%73%82%81%81%
Writing75%73%76%81%79%82%
Math63%62%61%49%50%50%


Overall, this is how grade 9 students performed on the math assessment:

 ​All grade 9 students – levels 3, 4 ​ ​
 ​

2016-17

Peel

2016-17

Province

2015-16

Peel

Applied39%44%40%
Academic84%83%84%


Other highlights of the EQAO results include the following:

  • Grade 6 students with special education needs, excluding those identified as gifted, have made advances in reading, writing and math over the last five years, increasing scores by 21, 23 and 16 per cent, respectively.
  • Results for students with special education needs in grade 9 applied math have also increased by 4 per cent in one year while provincial scores have remained the same from 2015-16.
  • Grade 3 reading scores have increased by three per cent, compared to the previous test taken in 2015-16. Grade 3 writing scores have decreased one per cent and math scores have increased two per cent, compared to the previous test taken in 2015-16. ​
  • Grade 6 reading scores have increased one per cent and writing scores have decreased one per cent, compared to the previous test taken in 2015-16. Grade 6 math scores are down one per cent, while provincial scores have remained the same from 2015-16. 

The OSSLT is a one-day assessment that focuses on key skills in reading and writing. It is based on the reading and writing skills expected in the Ontario curriculum across all subject areas up to the end of grade 9. It's important for parents and the community to understand that OSSLT is not a standardized test—the test is based on the Ontario curriculum.

These summative assessments present a snapshot of student learning and achievement by having students demonstrate their knowledge and skills independently on standardized tasks and under standardized conditions. A student's performance on the OSSLT is not compared to that of other students. The OSSLT includes reading selections, multiple choice and short answer questions, as well as a variety of types of writing tasks. 

Overall, this is how secondary students performed on the OSSLT:

 

2016-17

Peel

2016-17

Province

2015-16

Peel

Fully participating first-time eligible successful students  80%81%81%
Fully participating previously eligible successful students 50%49%51%


Highlights of the Peel board OSSLT results include:

  • From the grade 10 students in the Peel board who took the OSSLT for the first time, 80 per cent of fully participating students were successful, compared to 81 per cent provincially. Fifty per cent of previously eligible Peel board students were successful.
  • From the 9,654 Peel board students who were eligible to write the OSSLT for the first time in March 2017, 9,262 or 96 per cent wrote the test—the other students were deferred or absent.
  • Seventy per cent of English Language Learners who wrote the test passed, compared to 68 per cent provincially. This year, 13 per cent of eligible students are identified as English language learners.
  • Ninety per cent of students in academic English courses who wrote the test were successful, compared to 37 per cent in applied English courses who were successful, and six per cent of students in locally developed English courses.

Highlights of Peel board results, EQAO reports, OSSLT results for first-time eligible and previously eligible students, and school-by-school results will be available later this month at www.peelschools.org/parents/eqao.  

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Media contact: Adrian Graham, Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Support Services, 905-890-1010 (or 1-800-668-1146) ext. 2559

Reference: Nav Sahota, School Communications Specialist, 905-890-1010 (or 1-800-668-1146) ext. 2626, navneet.sahota@peelsb.com

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