Students in Grades 3 and 6 who attend schools in the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, are keeping the status quo when it comes to reading, writing and arithmetic.
Results of local testing for the 2015-16 school year released Wednesday by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), show improvement in both grades for reading and writing, and declines in math scores.
“There are no easy solutions in the area of mathematics – it is a complex subject for both teachers and students, especially at the Grade 6 level,” says Hick. “We will continue to explore – within our board, provincially, nationally and internationally – real, effective, tangible strategies to help our students with mathematics learning.”
Provincial averages released earlier this month showed the same trends. In KPRDSB, Grade 3 math scores have declined by 8 per cent over the past five years. At the Grade 6 level, they have declined by 13 per cent.
Grade 3 Results
- Reading – KPR results have improved by 3% over the past five years
- Writing – KPR results have declined by 3% over the past five years
- Math – KPR results have declined by 8% over the last five years
Grade 6 Results
- Reading – KPR results have improved by 1% over the past five years
- Writing – KPR results have improved by 4% over the past five years
- Math – KPR results have declined by 13% over the past five years
|% of all KPR students achieving the provincial standard – Grades 3 & 6|
|Grade 3||66%||66%||67%||No Test||69%||73%||73%||74%||No Test||70%||65%||61%||63%||No Test||57%|
|Grade 6||76%||77%||78%||No Test||77%||70%||73%||74%||No Test||74%||53%||54%||48%||No Test||40%|
At the Grade 9 level, fewer students taking academic math made the provincial score, while more students registered in applied math hit the mark.
Grade 9 Results
- Academic Math – KPR results have declined by 1% over the past five years
- Applied Math – KPR results have improved by 8% over the past five years.
|% of all KPR students achieving the provincial standard – Grade 9 Mathematics|
|5-Year Trends||Grade 9 Academic Math||Grade 9 Applied Math|
Results of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) were also released Wednesday.
KPR students exceeded provincial standards; of the students who wrote the test for the first time, 77% were successful.
- 94 % of students in the Academic stream were successful; the provincial average is 92%.
- 56% of students in the Applied stream were successful; the provincial average is 47 %.
- 18% of students in the Locally Developed stream were successful; the provincial average is 11%.
“While we are encouraged by our successes in this area – our students are out-performing provincial averages, in some cases by a significant margin – we can always do better,” says Rusty Hick, Director of Education. “Literacy skills last a lifetime, and we will continue to identify strategies that support our students’ success in developing this crucial knowledge.”