Boards Assess EQAO Results

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Officials in the St. Clair Catholic District School Board and the Lambton-Kent District School Board are taking a close look at their standardized testing results released by the Education Quality and Accountability Office Wednesday.

The Director of Education for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board calls standardized testing results a challenge after the students fell to below provincial averages in most categories.

Dan Parr says it is difficult to decide what happened because students have been doing much better for several years.

“We are not going to implement and unveil a new set of strategies that we are going to ask our teachers to implement to change these results,” he says. “We are going to stick with what we know works.”

For the Lambton Kent District School Board the percentage of students meeting or exceeding provincial standards was at the provincial average in a number of categories and has been trending up for several years.

“We’re generally pleased with our board results,” said Taf Lounsbury, the Elementary Student Achievement Coordinator for the LKDSB. “Over time we have really shown definite improvement in the area of literacy,” she said.

Though the LKDSB scored well overall, Lounsbury said their student math scores are cause for concern.

“We’re disappointed in our math results. We’re certainly reflecting the provincial trend in math over time,” said Lounsbury. “We know we have a lot of work to do in math.”

Lounsbury said the EQAO results will help the board develop strategies and programs to target math education within their schools.