Catholic school junior students show need for help in math, just 1 in 3 reach the bar

Peterborough, ON, Canada / (CHEXTV)

Results of standardized testing for primary students with the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board mimic their public school counterparts and the provincial averages in terms of scores in mathematics. The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) today released results for primary and junior assessments in reading,

While the PVNC Catholic District School Board students in Grade 9 scored “well above” the provincial average, the results for Grade 3 and Grade 6 students “show a need for additional elementary math resources.”

Just 35 per cent of PVNC’s Grade 6 students reached the provincial average for math (the provincial average was 50 per cent.)  The board had made a modest gain last year in Grade 6 math scores, but fell from 47 per cent to 35 this year. As well, scores are falling between Grades 3 and 6: the score for Grade 3 math students was 55 percent, compared to the provincial average of 63. Grade 9 math scores exceeded the provincial averages. (Grade 9 Results here)

Reading and Writing scores were also below the provincial average but came far closer than the math scores. See full results for primary and junior grades here. The Grade 10 Literacy Test results also fell just shy of the provincial averages with 80 per cent of students achieving the pass level, compared to the provincial average of 81 per cent. Full Grade 10 results here.

“Ensuring our educators have additional support and resources in the area of mathematics is one of our top priorities,” Nasello said. “Fortunately, Ontario’s Renewed Math Strategy helps us do just that. The new strategy ensures our elementary students will receive an hour of math every day and allows us to offer additional math-specific supports to classrooms and math-focused professional development for our teachers and principals.”

The Ministry of Education’s Renewed Mathematics Strategy is an Early Years to Grade 12 strategy that will be supported through more than $60 million in dedicated funding across Ontario. At PVNC, the funding will ensure:

  • A minimum of 60 minutes each day/300 minutes per week is dedicated to learning time for effective mathematics instruction and assessment for students in Grades 1 to 8
  • A centrally assigned math teacher that will travel to schools to support teachers in the classroom setting
  • Enhanced mathematics professional development for classroom teachers and principals
  • Up to three math mentor teachers in all elementary schools that will share strategies for learning with other teachers in the school
  • 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 (

With respect to reading and writing, PVNC results in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) continue to show a consistently strong trend in reading and writing proficiency over the past five years. Results from the March 2016 administration of the OSSLT indicate that 80% of PVNC’s participating students were successful on their first attempt.

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