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Strong EQAO Results Show Consistent Gains

Results Show Steady Improvement in Reading and Writing

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Categories: News Releases, Organizational Development/Research and Information Services, Teaching and Learning

The Toronto District School Board continues to see a steady improvement in reading and writing at the Primary and Junior level according to results released today by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).

 

While the TDSB continues to achieve at or above the provincial results in reading, writing and mathematics in Primary and Junior, the TDSB has also made significant gains in closing the achievement gap between genders and increasing the achievement levels for students with Special Education Needs (excluding Gifted) and English Language Learners.

 

These results show a steady and consistent increase in achievement levels, an indication that a number of initiatives to support students across the system are working and high achievement levels are not the result of a specific cohort or class. As students begin a new year, the TDSB will review this data and use the results to continue developing initiatives to build a strong foundation in reading, writing and mathematics.

  

Quick Facts

  • Compared to 2011-12, the results for Grade 3 students with Special Education Needs (excluding Gifted), increased 6% in reading (27% to 33%), 1% in writing (49% to 50%), and 1% in mathematics (33% to 34%).  The results for Grade 6 students with Special Education Needs (excluding Gifted) increased 6% in reading (34% to 40%) and 6% in writing (39% to 45%), and remained the same in mathematics (20%).

  • Compared to 2011-12, the results for Grade 3 English Language Learners (ELLs) increased 4% in reading (31% to 35%), 3% in writing (51% to 54%), and 1% in mathematics (49% to 50%). The results for Grade 6 English Language Learners (ELLs) increased 4% in reading (39% to 43%) and 4% in writing (47% to 51%), and decreased 3% in mathematics (47% to 44%).

  • Over the past five years (2008-09 to 2012-13), the gender gap in Grade 3 decreased 2% in reading (10% to 8%), 5% in writing (14% to 9%), and 3% in mathematics (4% to 1%). In Grade 6, the gender gap decreased 3% in reading (11% to 8%), 5% in writing (18% to 13%), and 3% in mathematics (4% to 1%). 

  • Please review our backgrounder for more information on the 2012 – 2013 school year TDSB results.

“Students and staff should be proud of these results. Ontario is recognized as one of the best education systems in the world and our Toronto students are achieving and are among the strongest.”
- Donna Quan, Director of Education

 

“As Chair of the Program and School Services Committee I know firsthand how these results can shape the programs and initiatives that we are able to provide to our students to help them succeed.”
- Pamela Gough, Trustee Ward 3
Etobicoke-Lakeshore

 

For more information, please contact:

Ryan Bird
Media Relations, TDSB
416-397-3241
ryan.bird@tdsb.on.ca

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