Students at Renfrew County Catholic District School Board have once again outscored the provincial average in the Education Quality and Accountability Office’s (EQAO) results of annual assessments of reading, writing and mathematics skills.
RCCDSB exceeds provincial scores in all EQAO categories in 2017–2018, which includes Grade 9 applied and academic mathematics, the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test for Grade 10 students, as well as Grade 3 and Grade 6 Reading, Writing and Math categories.
“Not only have we exceeded the province’s results in all indicators this year,” said Superintendent of Educational Services Elizabeth Burchat, “but in comparison to our own results in the previous year, we made good gains in Grade 3 Reading and Grade 6 Math.” The Grade 3 Reading score at RCCDSB for 2017–2018 was 87% (the provincial score was 75%) while the RCCDSB score in 2016–2017 was 82%. Meanwhile the Grade 6 Math score in 2017–2018 was 67% compared to 49% province-wide, and 59% at RCCDSB in 2016–2017.
Board Chair Dave Howard congratulated RCCDSB students for their “excellent standing in the EQAO results. We are very proud of our students scoring above the provincial average. But we must also thank our teachers and other staff members for their efforts in achieving these results.”
Director of Education Jaimie Perry said he was encouraged by the EQAO scores and noted that while only a snapshot of student learning, the results provide fodder for ongoing conversation about next steps. “Our students continue to make progress and their efforts are reflected in the EQAO results. However, we can always see room for improvement, particularly in the area of mathematics. That will continue to be our focus, as it is throughout the province. We have several strategies in place at RCCDSB to help our students achieve even better results.”
Superintendent of Education Burchat offered some examples of these strategies within the schools. “We continue to provide focused support to new or inexperienced teachers with foundational instructional strategies,” she said. “We also are continuing to personalize instruction by identifying specific gaps in student learning and using precise learning methods and tools to help close those gaps.”
Burchat added that senior administration also “was working with principals to put into place ‘School Learning Plans’ that support learning needs that might be different between our school communities.”
September 24, 2018
For further information, please contact:
Jaimie Perry, 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