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EQAO has updated it’s online look for one that is more user friendly for the public (that’s you and me). Check it out at http://www.eqao.com/en
EQAO has released a February 2015 1-page monograph titled Task Force Attacks Low Student Math Achievement Head On, in which the author reviews the results of a Hamilton Wentworth Catholic DSB task force that investigated ways of improving math achievement based on the EQAO data for its board.
Highlights from the EQAO monograph:
“EQAO … studies have consistently shown that a student’s achievement in the earlier grades is a strong predictor (though not a determinant) of his or her achievement in later grades…
Attention clearly needs to be given to improving mathematics engagement and achievement in elementary school, so that students have a solid foundation for success as they advance in their schooling….
The HWCDSB’s task force also included recommendations related to parent engagement, particularly in cases where students are known to be struggling. Involving parents in productive and appropriate ways is a well-documented hallmark of effective schools. Other EQAO research has pointed to two specific areas where parents can play a particularly supportive role—homework completion and class attendance.”
Here are the Boards (draft) recommendations: http://btoc.hwcdsb.ca/school/catholicschoolcouncil/?fileID=115946
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Earlier this week, I blogged about the release of the 2013 PCAP report, a national assessment that compares grade 8 students (by province) in math, science and reading, and overall Ontario students fared very well.
The Ministry hailed the positive results in a news release.
EQAO released two documents that highlight the Ontario’s results:
Pan-Canadian Assessment Program, 2013: Ontario Report. From page 2 , “The following are key findings:
■ Ontario was the only jurisdiction whose students achieved at or above the Canadian average in all three of the domains studied—science, reading and mathematics.
■ Ontario and Alberta were the only jurisdictions with results above the Canadian average in science.
■ Ontario was the only jurisdiction with results above the Canadian average in reading, and the Ontario average in reading was higher than those for all other jurisdictions.Ontario student performance in reading has improved since the last PCAP administration, in 2010.
■ Ontario and Alberta had results at the Canadian average in mathematics. Only Quebec had results above the Canadian average. Ontario student performance has remained the same since the last PCAP administration, in 2010.
■ In science, the major domain, 94% of Ontario Grade 8 students achieved the expected level of performance—Level 2, baseline proficiency—or above.”
Infographic: Highlights of Ontario Students’ Results: PCAP 2013 (funky, visual, 5 sections: Ontario in relation to Canadian average; science; reading/math; gender and reading; language of instruction .
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CEO Bruce Rodrigues summarizes the following in his message (note that I have selected bits and pieces from his message, and recommend that you read it in its entirety for the full content):
“This year’s results show improved achievement in most areas for students in secondary school. In Grade 9, math success rates have been improving steadily for the past five years for students in both the academic and the applied courses . … However, the success rate of students in the applied math course has remained persistently low, with more than half (53%) the students still not meeting the provincial standard.
In terms of literacy, the 2013–2014 OSSLT results show that the vast majority of students are developing the required skills by Grade 10. Of the students who were eligible to write the OSSLT for the first time in 2014, 83% were successful—sustaining a high level achievement over the past several years. … When the Grade 10 literacy results are looked at more closely, however, it becomes clear that here, too, achievement for students in the applied course is persistently low.
As a part of our commitment to supporting student progress, EQAO regularly tracks the achievement of students by linking their results on the elementary school assessments to their secondary results. … There is a particular need to support those students who are unsuccessful on the elementary assessments before they get to high school, in order to get them on the path toward lasting success.”
Here is the link to the TDSB EQAO page
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EQAO has released an interesting infographic titled Top Reasons Standardized Testing in Ontario and the United States are not Comparable. Apples and oranges!
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Today, EQAO released the results of the 2013/14 elementary reading, writing, and mathematics assessments. Check their easy-to-navigate web site for oodles of resources about the province, or the Greater Toronto Area, an infographic.
From an overall perspective, CEO Bruce Rodrigues writes the following in his message. Please note that this represents 3 paragraphs only from his message, and I encourage you to read the entire message for a more complete picture :
” The results of this year’s assessments show that literacy success rates in Ontario elementary schools remain high and continue to improve each year. In reading, 70% of Grade 3 students and 79% of Grade 6 students now meet the provincial standard, an increase of eight and seven percentage points, respectively, over the past five years. Student achievement in writing also continues to rise overall. This year, 78% of students in both Grade 3 and Grade 6 met the provincial standard in writing. This represents an eight-percentage-point increase over the past five years for students in both grades….
… When it comes to math, however, the pattern of improvement does not hold for either elementary assessment. This year’s results show that Grade 3 math achievement has remained the same, while it has decreased again for students in Grade 6. Looking back over the past five years, we see a steady pattern of decline. Just 67% of Grade 3 students met the standard in 2014, a four-percentage-point decrease from 2010. Barely half (54%) of Grade 6 students met the standard in 2014 compared to 61% in 2010. These are concerning trends that need to be reversed if we are to ensure that students are adequately prepared for future success.
Taking a closer look at math performance on the provincial assessment can shed some light on how to target improvement-planning efforts. Students across the province tend to perform best on questions asking them to demonstrate their math knowledge and least well when asked to apply that knowledge—particularly when problem solving. For example, a Grade 6 student may know how to multiply but may struggle to know when multiplication is needed to solve a problem. This has been a consistent pattern with our students for many years.”
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EQAO has announced that it ” is starting a multi-year project to move its provincial student assessments from paper-and-pencil to computer-based.
EQAO will start with just one assessment—the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) written by students in Grade 10.”
Check out the complete news release.
Hmm, does this mean that when the grades 10s write their literacy test all on the same day/days, that there will be enough computers in every school to accommodate the students?