Public school students improve in literacy tests

News Release
RRDSB

Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) results have been released, and indicate that Rainy River District School Board Grade 3 and Grade 6 students continue to demonstrate progress in the area of literacy. Along with other boards across the province, Rainy River District School Board Grade 3 and Grade 6 EQAO test results reveal that improvements are required in Mathematics. In Grade 9, the Board’s Applied Mathematics test results remained stable, while there was a decrease in Academic Mathematics results.
In 2011-2012, 163 Grade 3 Rainy River District School Board students wrote the primary assessments. Combining the results for Levels 3 and 4 indicates that the Rainy River District School Board has 64% of Grade 3 students in Reading achieving at or above the provincial level of achievement, 69% of Grade 3 students in Writing achieving at or above the provincial level of achievement, and 60% of Grade 3 students in Math achieving at or above the provincial level of achievement.
For the junior assessments, 182 Grade 6 Rainy River District School Board students completed the assessments. Over time, the Board’s Grade 6 EQAO test results have remained stable. Combining the results for Levels 3 and 4 indicates that the Rainy River District School Board has 72% of Grade 6 students in Reading achieving at or above the provincial level of achievement, 62% of Grade 6 students in Writing achieving at or above the provincial level of achievement, and 53% of Grade 6 students in Math achieving at or above the provincial level of achievement.
In 2011-2012, 244 Rainy River District School Board students wrote the EQAO Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics. In Applied Mathematics, 44% of Rainy River District School Board students achieved at or above the provincial standard of Level 3 and Level 4. This is an increase of 8% over the past five years, and is equal to the 2011-2012 provincial average. In Academic Mathematics, 74% of Rainy River District School Board students achieved at or above the provincial level of achievement. Although this is a decrease of 7% from the previous year, 19% of the Board’s Academic Mathematics students who wrote the 2011-2012 assessment achieved Level 2, which is performing at Grade level. The 2011- 2012 Academic Mathematics provincial average was 84%.
The Board is especially pleased with the significant gains in achievement over the past three years in literacy at the primary level. There has been an increase of 13% in Grade 3 Reading, and an increase of 9% in Grade 3 Writing. In all three Grade 3 and Grade 6 assessment areas , the number of students achieving below Level 2 remains low, which indicates that the Board has used effective strategies and supports for its students who would be otherwise at risk of not achieving success in school. The Rainy River District School Board and Education Quality and Accountability Office recognize that Mathematics is a priority, and that it is necessary to focus on strategies for improved numeracy outcomes for students, both within the Board, and across the province.
The Rainy River District School Board will use the results of these assessments to celebrate achievements and to identify challenges, to inform teacher practice that will support improved student learning, and to guide all school improvement planning.