3:30 p.m., Nov. 25)
EQAO tests yield mixed results among Catholic board schools
By Fred Sherwin
Ottawa Catholic District School Boards local elementary
schools received their annual report card from the province
this week and the results ranged from straight As
to needs improvement.
school that received the highest marks was Chapel Hill
Catholic which finished above the board average in reading,
writing and math at both the Grade 3 and Grade 6 levels.
Hill Catholic School received the highest
scores in Grade 3 math and Grade 6 reading
among area Catholic board elementary schools
in last years EQAO testing. The school
also had the second highest scores in Grade
3 and Grade 6 writing and in Grade 6 reading..
schools Grade 6 students were especially strong
in reading with 97 per cent of them scoring at or above
the provincial standard. Eighty-nine per cent of the Grade
6 students scored at or above the provincial standard
in writing, and 68 per cent did so on the math test.
results were similar on the Grade 3 tests, with 88 per
cent of the students scoring at or above the provincial
standard in reading and writing, and 84 per cent accomplishing
the same feat on the math test.
EQAO, or Education Quality Accountability Office, is a
provincially funded agency charged with the task of administering
province-wide tests every year at the Grade 3 and Grade
6 levels in reading, writing and math.
students at Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic School in Queenswood
Heights also fared well in last years testing.
school had the highest percentage of Grade 3 students
score at or above the provincial standard in reading and
writing among the eight Catholic board elementary schools
in Orléans at 94 and 91 per cent respectively,
and the second highest percentage in math with 83 per
cent managing to meet or exceed the standard, second to
Chapel Hill Catholics 84 per cent. The board average
was 74 per cent in reading, 82 per cent in writing and
70 per cent in math.
school with the highest percentage of Grade 6 students
scoring at or above the provincial standard in math was
Convent Glen Catholic with 76 per cent. Chapel Hill Catholic
was second at 68 per cent, and St. Francis of Assisi in
Fallingbrook was third with 64 per cent. The board average
was 59 per cent.
Francis also had the third highest percentage of Grade
6 students score at or above the provincial standard in
reading at 89 per cent behind Chapel Hill Catholic at
97 per cent and Good Shepherd in Blackburn Hamlet at 94
per cent. The board average was 84 per cent.
Francis of Assisi and Good Shepherd were also tied with
the highest percentage of Grade 6 students scoring at
or above the provincial standard in writing at 91 per
cent. Chapel Hill Catholic was third at 89 per cent.
The schools that showed the greatest degree of improvement
between the their Grade 3 scores in 2012 and their Grade
6 scores three years later were St. Francis and Divine
Infant Catholic School in Chatelaine Village.
fact, St. Francis was the only school in Orléans
where the scores improved in all three areas. The percentage
of students who scored at or above the provincial standard
rose from 77 to 89 per cent in reading; 72 to 91 per cent
in writing; and 62 to 64 per cent in math.
while Divine Infant was among the bottom schools in terms
of the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the
provincial standards in last years test, the school
did show a vast improvement among its Grade 6 students
in reading and math.
2012, only 50 per cent of the students scored at or above
the provincial standard in the Grade 3 reading test and
only 32 per cent made the grade in the math test. Jump
ahead three years and 79 per cent of the same students
managed to meet or exceeded the standard in the Grade
6 reading test and 42 per cent did so in the math test.
Thats an improvement of 29 and 10 points respectively.
school with the greatest improvement in their reading
scores from Grade 3 to Grade 6 was Good Shepherd which
went 59 per cent to 94 per cent.
Francis had the highest increase in the reading test results,
going from 72 per cent to 91 per cent, and St. Francis
and Convent Glen were the only schools besides Divine
Infant which improved their results in the math testing,
if only marginally by two percentage points.
schools that showed the least amount of improvement over
the past three years in the three disciplines are Convent
Glen Catholic, which only saw a five point increase in
the percentage of its students meeting or exceeding the
provincial standard in reading; Chapel Hill Catholic,
which saw an 11 point decrease in its writing results;
and St. Clare which saw a 29 point drop in its math results
despite a 20 point improvement in its reading scores and
a 19 point increase in its writing test results.
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