News Releases
HCDSB News Release
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Halton Catholic Board Students Outperform Province on Grade 9 EQAO 2011 Math Assessments

The Halton Catholic District School Board released today its Board and individual secondary school results of the 2011 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 (2010-2011). A total of 2,297 Grade 9 students of the Board’s eight secondary schools at the time were eligible to participate. 1,769 students completed the Academic assessment and 528 students participated in the Applied testing.

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. Level 1 and above is equivalent to a passing grade, with Level 3 described as equivalent to a score of 70-79%.

“Our Board is very pleased with our Academic Mathematics program results, which demonstrate that 88% of our students are achieving at or above Level 3 – a 2% increase from last year,” explains Director of Education, Michael W. Pautler. “This year, the Applied Mathematics program results show that 57% of our students are achieving at or above Level 3, which is a 9% increase from last year. Our Board and school improvement plans will continue to focus on the area of Applied Mathematics to improve learning for these students.”

“It is only through the collaborative work of our principals, teachers, support staff, students, parents, senior administration and Board personnel, that 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. “

Some of the Mathematics improvement strategies have included:

  • The analysis of EQAO Item Information Reports.; specifically Principals and Curriculum Services staff received in-service on the use of EQAO data in order to engage school improvement teams in conversation regarding the needs of the school and the required strategies for improvement;
  • Teachers participated in collaborative inquiry focused on the use of three-part problem solving lessons to build students’ communication and problem solving strategies in Mathematics;
  • The use of a coaching model - Secondary itinerant teachers provided support to teachers of Grade 9 Mathematics that focused on meeting the needs of students through differentiated instruction, appropriate questioning and effective use of manipulatives and technology;
  • SMART Board training and increased effective use of SMART resources continued to be supported, which created an increase in student engagement;
  • The provincial Homework Help Initiative was extended to Grade 7-10 students in our Board. Many Grade 9 students took advantage of this opportunity;
  • Afterschool numeracy support was provided in all secondary schools; and
  • The use of diagnostics assessments to determine the learning needs of individual students.

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, with one being the lowest and four the highest. 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.


The Halton Catholic District School Board is a model learning community, widely recognized as distinctively Catholic. A provincial leader in student achievement, HCDSB provides exceptional educational experiences and services to over 34,000 students of all ages. God’s call to love and to serve is nurtured across our 45 elementary schools, 9 secondary schools, and 3 continuing education facilities, serving the communities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville. With a focus on Achieving, Believing, and Belonging, we provide our students and staff with the tools for realizing their fullest potential, while also instilling a life-long commitment to the community.

tag line

Media Contact:
Jacqueline Herman
Superintendent of Education, Curriculum Services
Halton Catholic District School Board
905-632-6314, ext. 123
Alternate Media Contact:
Lisa Stocco
Communications Services
Halton Catholic District School Board
905-632-6314, ext. 126

 Other News Releases