Toronto District School Board

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 2016. 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 (2011-12 to 2015-16), the percentage of Grade 3 students who performed at or above the provincial standard (Levels 3 and 4), increased by 9 percentage points in Reading (65% to 74%), remained the same in Writing (77%), and decreased by 3 percentage points in Mathematics (70% to 67%). 

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

 
Reading
Writing
Math
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%
2011-2012 TDSB
65%
77%
70%
    Province
66%
76%
68%
NP: Non-participating indicates that due to exceptional circumstances, some or 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
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%
2011-2012 TDSB
68%
80%
73%
    Province
68%
78%
70%
NP: Non-participating indicates that due to exceptional circumstances, some or 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 (2011-12 to 2015-16), the percentage of Grade 6 students who performed at or above the provincial standard (Levels 3 and 4), increased by 6 percentage points in Reading (74% to 80%), 6 percentage points in Writing (75% to 81%), and decreased by 7 percentage points in Mathematics (62% to 55%).

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

 
Reading
Writing
Math
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%
2011-2012 TDSB
74%
75%
62%
    Province
75%
74%
58%
NP: Non-participating indicates that due to exceptional circumstances, some or 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
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%
2011-2012 TDSB
76%
78%
64%
    Province
77%
76%
60%
NP: Non-participating indicates that due to exceptional circumstances, some or 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  

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