The numbers are in and officials with the Education Quality and Accountability Office aren’t over the moon about what they add up to.
Statistics on the latest round of standardized testing show half of Grade 6 students didn’t meet the provincial standard for math in Ontario.
The results released Wednesday show only 50 per cent of Grade 6 students met the standard in this year’s testing. That compares to 58 per cent of students making the grade in 2012.
The downward trend extended to Grade 3 students as well, with EQAO reporting 63 per cent met the provincial standard this year, compared to 68 per cent in 2012.
EQAO CEO Bruce Rodrigues says they hope a new math strategy launching this month will help to turn the figures around. The falling scores have been attributed to several issues including teachers’ lack of proficiency in the subject, which school boards have tried to tackle with extra training, as well as students’ growing anxiety associated with the subject.
When questioned by reporters about the results, Deputy Premier and MPP for London North Centre Deb Matthews said the tests are a way to “shine a light on where we’re doing well and where we’ve got more work to do.”
One area that students are showing improvement in is reading. EQAO says 72 per cent of Grade 3 students meet the standard this year, up from 66 per cent in 2012. The positive trend continued with Grade 6 students with 81 per cent meeting the standard, up from 75 per cent in 2012.