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Catholic board 'pleased' with EQAO elementary test results

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GREY-BRUCE

Students in Grades 3 and 6 in the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board performed well against their provincial counterparts in the latest round of Education Quality and Accountability Office testing.

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Director of education Jamie McKinnon said in a news release there are “many ways we can measure the success of our Catholic schools and the EQAO is one of them.

“We will continue to use this and other data to meet the needs of our students through targeted support and quality instruction,” the release quoted him saying.

Mike Bethune, the superintendent of education, said in an interview EQAO results are only a snapshot but the board’s five-year results “continue to improve” and they’ll be examined to keep improving.

“All in all I would say that we’re pleased with them but we do look at them as an opportunity to continue to grow.”

Over at the public Bluewater District School Board, results generally showed their Grade 3 and Grade 6 students lagging when it comes to meeting the provincial standard in reading, writing and math as compared to their peers provincewide.

Bethune wouldn’t compare the Catholic and public boards but he did say the Catholic board staff are proud of the “very positive culture” they have cultivated in their schools.

Grade 3 students in the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board generally did as well as or close to their counterparts in Ontario at meeting or exceeding the provincial standard in reading, writing and math in 2017-18.

In reading, 74 per cent of Grade 3 kids were at or above the provincial standard, while across Ontario, 75 per cent provincially were.

In writing, 73 per cent of local kids met or exceeded the standard, compared with 72 per cent across the province.

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However in math, 52 per cent of Grade 3 students met or beat the provincial standard, compared with 61 per cent who did provincially.

In Grade 6 reading, 83 per cent of local kids met or exceeded the standard, while 82 per cent did provincially in 2017-18. In writing, 78 per cent of local kids met or beat the standard, while 80 per cent province-wide did.

In Grade 6 math, locally 44 per cent met or beat the standard, compared with 49 per cent provincially.

The trend over time revealed Grade 3 students in reading in the Catholic board have generally matched or done better their provincial counterparts in meeting or beating the provincial standard since 2013-14.

Between 71 and 75 per cent of local Catholic Grade 3 students met or exceeded the provincial standard for reading over the past five years (matching or beating provincial average in all but one year).

In writing, the standard was met by 73 to 84 per cent of local Grade 3 students over the past five years (better than provincial average each year).

And Grade 3 math, between 52 per cent and 70 per cent of local kids met the standard over the past five years (close to the provincial average but for last year, when they nine per cent fewer met the standard set by the province).

Similarly, the trend over time in Grade 6 shows the percentage of local kids at or beyond the provincial standard in reading, writing and math generally exceeded the average of their provincial peers since 2013-14.

In that period, the percentage of local Grade 6 Catholic board students at or above the provincial standard in reading hovered in the low 80s, in writing it was between 77 and 86 per cent and in math, between 44 per cent, last year, and 57 per cent, in 2013-14.

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