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UCDSB Grade 0 Math EQAO scores
UCDSB Grade 0 Math EQAO scores
Posted on 10/28/2015

Board Working to Improve
Grade 9 EQAO Math Scores

By Mark Calder

(Brockville) – Standardized testing scores in Grade 9 academic math have seen a slight decline this year, but the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) has a plan in place to improve achievement, said Valerie Allen, superintendent of schools.

Data for the UCDSB shows that in the 2014-2015 school year, a full 75 per cent of Grade 9 students reached the provincial standard in academic math testing conducted on behalf of the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) – down two percentage points from the 2013-2014 school year.

“We’re holding our own,” said Allen in an interview Wednesday. “Results have stayed relatively stable over the last three years, hovering in the mid-seventies. We know we can do better though and are confident that the work we are doing in both our junior grades as well as Grades 7-10 math will yield higher results as we move forward.”

The board is seeking to improve Grade 9 math scores through work conducted under the new UCDSB Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement. Allen said the plan lays out several steps to improve math achievement including:

· Engaging teachers and administrators in regular learning teams that will explore math learning goals closely tied to individual school improvement plans.

· Fostering math knowledge for teaching, and building rich math communities in our classrooms.

· Building both pedagogical assessment knowledge and math content knowledge, based on the Ontario Curriculum expectations, so that math instruction will enhance student achievement.

· Implementing differentiated instruction in all classrooms to meet the needs of all learners.

Results in Grade 9 applied math rose to 43 per cent from 40 in 2013-2014.

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