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Local students showing better math skills, according to EQAO results

The board has prioritized math and has a five-year improvement strategy
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NEWS RELEASE
SIMCOE COUNTY DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
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On Sept. 19, Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released 2017-18 EQAO assessment results.

The Simcoe County District School Board’s (SCDSB) mathematics results showed an increase in Grades 3 and 6 mathematics and Grade 9 academic mathematics.   

“We’re proud of the students who participated in EQAO last year. Our board’s renewed focus on math has had a positive impact,” says Chris Samis, superintendent of program and special education. “We’re pleased to see that our strategies are starting to move the trend upwards.” 

The SCDSB has prioritized mathematics and is committed to a five-year improvement strategy that includes teaching fundamental skills through conceptual understanding as well as supporting the development of transferable skills like problem solving. This strategy includes a significant investment in professional learning focused on content knowledge for teaching and leading instruction. 

In support of our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, and as an extension of this past year’s area of focus, the SCDSB will continue to emphasize building teacher capacity to respond to identified student needs, with a focus on:  

  • Primary mathematics (Grade 1 -3)
  • Junior mathematics (Grades 4 - 6)
  • Grade 9 mathematics

EQAO assessments are one piece of information that inform the SCDSB’s work. School and board staff analyze EQAO data together with other assessment, well-being and engagement data to understand student needs and how we can respond to them.

SCDSB EQAO mathematics results for 2017-2018 compared to 2016-2017:

  • Grade 3 – 61 per cent met or exceeded the provincial standard, up one per cent
  • Grade 6 – 44 per cent met or exceeded the provincial standard, up five per cent
  • Grade 9 academic – 81 per cent met or exceeded the provincial standard, up six per cent

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