September 19, 2018

Peel board EQAO, OSSLT test scores continue to remain stable with provincial results

​EQAO test scores at the Peel District School Board continue to remain in line with the province in most areas, with grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) scores above the provincial average. Over the last five years, the Peel board’s EQAO scores show a steady increase in reading and writing for grade 6 students, and a seven per cent increase in reading for grade 6 students with special education needs.

“As a board, we’re very proud of the work of our dedicated staff and hardworking students in achieving successful test scores over the past five years,” says Peter Joshua, director of education. “While we acknowledge that there is work to do and room for growth, we also commit ourselves to continuing our renewed focus on mathematics through our EngageMath strategy.”

Notes Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Support Services Adrian Graham, “What is most important about these results is how we use them to help boost learning in our students. Our work in education is to help students develop the foundational skills they need to achieve personal excellence in literacy, numeracy and all subject areas. Through a balanced approach to math instruction and assessment, and utilizing the Ministry of Education’s Fundamentals of Math, our EngageMath strategy will focus on the acquisition of these foundational skills, reasoning and problem-solving, and the development of conceptual and procedural understanding.”

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

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

2017-18

Peel

2017-18

Province

2016-17

Peel

2017-18

Peel

2017-18

Province

2016-17

Peel

reading75%75%76%83%82%82%
writing72%72%75%82%80%81%
math60%61%63%49%49%49%

 

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

 All grade 9 students – levels 3, 4 ​ ​
 

2017-18

Peel

2017-18

Province

2016-17

Peel

applied40%45%39%
academic85%84%84%

 

Other highlights of the EQAO results include:
• Over the past five years, grades 3 and 6 English language learners (ELL) have made significant gains in reading with scores increased by 5 and 2 per cent, respectively.
• Grade 6 reading and writing scores have increased by one per cent in comparison to the previous test taken in 2016-17. Grade 6 math scores have remained the same from 2016-17.
• Math scores for grade 9 academic and applied increased by one per cent in the 2017-18 school year for the Peel board and the province.

Overall, this is how grade 10 students performed on the OSSLT:

 

2017-18

Peel

2017-18

Province

2016-17

Peel

Fully participating first-time eligible successful students  81%79%80%
Fully participating previously eligible successful students 50%46%50%

 

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.

Highlights of the Peel board OSSLT results include:
• Of the grade 10 students in the Peel board who took the OSSLT for the first time, 81 per cent were successful, compared to 79 per cent provincially. Fifty percent of previously eligible Peel board students were also successful.
• Of the 9,358 Peel board students who were eligible to write the OSSLT for the first time in March 2018, 8,924 or 95 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 67 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 three per cent of students in locally developed English courses.

For detailed results including EQAO reports and school-by-school results, visit http://www.peelschools.org/parents/EQAO. Peel board reports will be posted later this week.

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Media contact: Adrian Graham, Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Support Services, 905-890-1010 ext. 2343, adrian.graham@peelsb.com

Reference: Audrey Crasto, School Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 3360, audrey.crasto@peelsb.com

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