The Halton Catholic District School Board released today its Board and individual secondary school results of the 2012 Grade 9 Mathematics assessment conducted by the provincial Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). The assessment was conducted in each semester of the last school year (2011-2012).
Two versions of the test were administered – one for students in the Grade 9 Applied Mathematics program and the other for students in the Grade 9 Academic Mathematics Program. Each version was based on the Grade 9 expectations for students in The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 and 10 Mathematics, which sets Level 3 as the provincial standard.
“Our Board is very pleased with these results, which indicate that our students continue to demonstrate high levels of achievement in the Grade 9 Math Assessment,” comments Director of Education, Michael Pautler. “We are proud of the success of our students, and commend our teachers, school leaders, support staff, and parents for their collective efforts in support of our students.”
“We continue to experience steady improvement, particularly in the area of Applied Math,” says Jacqueline Herman, Superintendent of Education, Curriculum Services. “An analysis of the data will provide an opportunity for staff to review, reaffirm and revise our initiatives to respond to our student learning needs and to continue to build upon this success.“
The overall results for the Halton Catholic District School Board and individual schools are outlined in the chart included at the end of this release. The individual school results are listed alphabetically. The assessments were graded on a four level system. Level 1 and above is equivalent to a passing grade, with Level 3 described as equivalent to a score of 70-79%. The Ministry has defined Level 3 as the provincial standard.
As advised by EQAO, it is inappropriate and misleading to rank schools or to make individual school comparisons without taking into account a variety of contextual factors.