Students at Renfrew County Catholic District School Board have once again beaten the provincial average in Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessments of reading, writing and mathematics, according to results released this week.
The 2015–2016 EQAO results show that RCCDSB students outscored the provincial average in all six categories of reading, writing and mathematics at the Grade 3 and 6 levels. Those RCCDSB scores also matched or beat the Board’s results for last year in four of six categories. RCCDSB students also outscored the provincial average in Grade 9 math and Grade 10 literacy.
RCCDSB Chair Bob Michaud congratulated the students on their success. “The Board is very proud of our students’ standings in the provincial assessments from year to year. We must thank our teachers for their hard work and dedication, as well as congratulating our students on their wonderful achievements.”
Director of Education Michele Arbour agreed that the EQAO results were encouraging. “Our students continue to achieve above the provincial average. It is gratifying to know that they are doing so well.” She added, however, that “we continue to focus on mathematics at the Grade 6 and Grade 9 levels. Mathematics is an area where we will look for improvement, just as the province does.” Arbour noted that although RCCDSB’s Grade 6 and Grade 9 math results outscored the province, they were lower than RCCDSB’s results for 2014–2015.
Superintendent of Education Jaimie Perry agreed that mathematics at the Grade 6 and Grade 9 levels should be an area of focus. “Results for Grade 6 and Grade 9 math are on a downward trend at the provincial level, too. We must strengthen our focus in mathematics and improve our strategies going forward. Working closely with Ministry guidelines, we hope to close the gap in this area in the coming year.”
September 21, 2016
For further information, please contact:
Michele Arbour, Director of Education
Renfrew County Catholic District School Board
499 Pembroke Street West
Pembroke, ON K8A 5P1
Phone: 613-735-1031 or 1-800-267-0191