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Reading, Writing and Mathematics for Primary (Grade 3) and Junior (Grade 6) Divisions

Background

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) Assessments of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics were administered to all students in Grades 3 and 6 during Spring 2017. The assessments measure how well students have met the provincial expectations in The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8. Each assessment covers the knowledge and skills that students are expected to have acquired by the end of the grade being assessed. These assessments contain questions that require written responses as well as multiple-choice questions.

Overall student performance is reported using a four-level scale that is consistent with the four levels in The Ontario Curriculum and is aligned with levels on the Ontario Student Report Card.

  • Level 4: The student has demonstrated the required knowledge and skills. Achievement surpasses the provincial standard.
  • Level 3: The student has demonstrated most of the required knowledge and skills. Achievement is at the provincial standard.
  • Level 2: The student has demonstrated some of the required knowledge and skills. Achievement approaches the provincial standard.
  • Level 1: The student has demonstrated some of the required knowledge and skills in limited ways. Achievement falls much below the provincial standard.

Summary results are reported using two methods:

All Students (Method 1) includes all students in the grade. In addition to the percentage of students at each of the four levels, percentages are reported for exempt, no data, and not enough evidence for Level 1. "No data" is used for students who did not have a result due to absence or other reasons. "Not enough evidence for Level 1" is used when students did not demonstrate enough evidence of knowledge and understanding to be assigned Level 1. "Exempt" is used for students who were formally exempted from participation in one or more components of the assessment.

Participating Students (Method 2) includes students who actually took part in the assessment and produced at least some work that could be scored. Students are excluded from these calculations if they were exempted or had no data.

Primary Division Results (Grade 3)

Over the past five years (2012-13 to 2016-17), the percentage of Grade 3 students who performed at or above the provincial standard (Levels 3 and 4), increased by 7 percentage points in Reading (68% to 75%), decreased by 2 percentage points in Writing (77% to 75%), and decreased by 4 percentage points in Mathematics (69% to 65%). 

Percentage of All Students At or Above the Provincial Standard (Levels 3 and 4)

Reading Writing Math
2016-2017  TDSB 75% 75% 65%
   Province 74% 73% 62%
2015-2016 TDSB 74% 77% 67%
Province 72% 74% 63%
2014-2015 TDSB NP
NP NP
Province EC EC EC
2013-2014 TDSB 71% 80% 71%
Province 70% 78% 67%
2012-2013 TDSB 68% 77% 69%
Province 68% 77% 67%

NP: Non-participating indicates that due to exceptional circumstances, all of the school’s or board’s students did not participate.
EC: Due to exceptional circumstances in 2015, provincial data are unavailable to report provincial results. 

Percentage of Participating Students At or Above the Provincial Standard (Levels 3 and 4)

Reading Writing Math
2016-2017 TDSB 78% 78% 67%
  Province  76% 76%
64%
2015-2016 TDSB 77% 80% 70%
Province 74% 77% 65%
2014-2015 TDSB NP NP NP
Province EC EC EC
2013-2014 TDSB 74% 83% 73%
Province 72% 80% 69%
2012-2013 TDSB 71% 81% 72%
Province 70% 79% 69%
NP: Non-participating indicates that due to exceptional circumstances, all of the school’s or board’s students did not participate.
EC: Due to exceptional circumstances in 2015, provincial data are unavailable to report provincial results.

School by School Results

Junior Division Results (Grade 6)

Over the past five years (2012-13 to 2016-17), the percentage of Grade 6 students who performed at or above the provincial standard (Levels 3 and 4), increased by 4 percentage points in Reading (77% to 81%), 2 percentage points in Writing (79% to 81%), and decreased by 8 percentage points in Mathematics (62% to 54%).

Percentage of All Students At or Above the Provincial Standard (Levels 3 and 4)

Reading Writing Math
2016-2017 TDSB 81% 81% 54%
  Province 81%
79% 50%
2015-2016 TDSB 80% 81% 55%
Province 81% 80% 50%
2014-2015 TDSB NP NP NP
Province EC EC EC
2013-2014 TDSB 77% 80% 59%
Province 79% 78% 54%
2012-2013 TDSB 77% 79% 62%
Province 77% 76% 57%
NP: Non-participating indicates that due to exceptional circumstances, all of the school’s or board’s students did not participate.
EC: Due to exceptional circumstances in 2015, provincial data are unavailable to report provincial results.

Percentage of Participating Students At or Above the Provincial Standard (Levels 3 and 4)

Reading Writing Math
2016-2017 TDSB
84% 83%
56% 
  Province
83%
81%
51%
2015-2016 TDSB 83% 84% 57%
Province 83% 82% 51%
2014-2015 TDSB NP NP NP
Province EC EC EC
2013-2014 TDSB 79% 82% 60%
Province 81% 80% 56%
2012-2013 TDSB 79% 81% 63%
Province 79% 78% 58%

NP: Non-participating indicates that due to exceptional circumstances, all of the school’s or board’s students did not participate.
EC: Due to exceptional circumstances in 2015, provincial data are unavailable to report provincial results.

School by School Results

Action

TDSB staff review and analyze EQAO results to inform the Board Improvement Plan, which is submitted to the Ministry of Education at the beginning of each school year. Administrators and teachers also analyze the results of their individual schools and develop a School Improvement Plan outlining strategies to improve student achievement.

The TDSB also produces a School Profile for every school. These profiles are used annually to report to parents on each school's EQAO results as well as school plans, programs, services, and student population. Profiles for each school in the TDSB can be found in the Find Your School area.

Contact Information

  • John Malloy, Director of Education, at 416-397-3180
  • Christopher Usih, Associate Director, at 416-397-3187
  • Manon Gardner, Executive Superintendent, at 416-394-2041
  • Visit the EQAO website at www.eqao.com  

For information about Literacy and Mathematics and Numeracy in TDSB schools, click on:

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