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(Posted 3:30 p.m., Nov. 25)
EQAO tests yield mixed results among Catholic board schools

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Ottawa Catholic District School Board’s local elementary schools received their annual report card from the province this week and the results ranged from straight ‘A’s to “needs improvement”.

The 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.

Chapel Hill Catholic School received the highest scores in Grade 3 math and Grade 6 reading among area Catholic board elementary schools in last year’s EQAO testing. The school also had the second highest scores in Grade 3 and Grade 6 writing and in Grade 6 reading.. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The school’s 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The students at Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic School in Queenswood Heights also fared well in last year’s testing.

The 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 Catholic’s 84 per cent. The board average was 74 per cent in reading, 82 per cent in writing and 70 per cent in math.

The 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.

St. 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.

St. 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.

In 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.

And while Divine Infant was among the bottom schools in terms of the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the provincial standards in last year’s test, the school did show a vast improvement among its Grade 6 students in reading and math.

In 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. That’s an improvement of 29 and 10 points respectively.

The 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.

St. 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.

The 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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