2016, Grade 6 EQAO math assessment show decline in meeting standards
EQAO has released the results for the 2016 math assessments for 2016 provincial-level results of the primary- and junior-division Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics (written by students in Grades 3 and 6), and of the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics. Their news release titled “Elementary school reading results continue to rise, while math results continue to fall. Half of all Grade 6 students did not meet the provincial math standard in 2016.” The news release includes links to additional EQAO documents and EQAO will release the individual school board results on Sept 21.
- The area of concern is the grade 6 math results: “The percentage of students in Grades 3 and 6 who met the provincial math standard has decreased steadily over the past five years. Half of all Grade 6 students did not meet the provincial math standard in 2016.”
This has been media news over the past 25 hours – here are some links that might provide additional perspectives and analysis.
- CBC News (August 31 2016) Only 50% of Grade 6 students met the province’s math standard
- CBC News (September 1 2016) Amanda Grant Are you smarter than a sixth grader? Take this math quiz to find out
- Metro Morning interview Dr Mary Reid from OISE – podcast release later today?
- Globe and Mail (August 31) by Caroline Alphonso, Ontario addresses math score decline amid worry from parents, educators
- Toronto Star article, (August 31), by Verity Stevenson, Half of Ontario’s Grade 6 students failed to meet math standard
Back in April the Ministry announced a new math strategy including the following:
“Starting next September, key elements of the renewed strategy will be introduced including:
- A minimum of 60 minutes each day of protected learning time for effective mathematics instruction and assessment for students in Grades 1 to 8
- Up to three math lead teachers in all elementary schools
- Coaching for principals of select secondary schools to lead improvement in math among their students
- Support for learning at home through parent resources that provide helpful tips and information on the mathematics curriculum
- Better access to online math resources and math supports such as Homework Help or SOS Devoirs
- Math support for Grades 6 to 9 outside of the school day
- Opportunities for educators to deepen their knowledge in math learning, teaching and leading, including a dedicated math Professional Development Day to further their school improvement efforts.”
Check it out! Rowan