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HCDSB News Release
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Halton Catholic Students Achieve Outstanding Results on Provincial 2012 EQAO Primary & Junior Assessments

The Halton Catholic District School Board published today its Board and elementary school results of the province-wide assessment of Grade 3 and 6 students. The test was conducted in the Spring of 2012 in the areas of Reading, Writing and Math by the provincial Education, Quality, Accountability Office (EQAO).

Students across the Board continue to do exceptionally well compared to the provincial standard (Level 3).

“We are pleased with these results and are particularly encouraged by the number of students in each area who continue to achieve the provincial standard from one assessment to the next,” says Michael Pautler, Director of Education, Halton Catholic District School Board. “We will focus our ongoing efforts to identify strategies for improvement that will enhance student learning.” 


"While no single initiative is responsible for student achievement, we believe this continuous improvement over time demonstrates that early identification, intentional focus on precision teaching, and the collaborative support of staff and parents, are instrumental to the academic success of our students,” comments Jacqueline Herman, Superintendent of Education, Curriculum Services.

The overall 2012 achievement results for the Halton Catholic District School Board and our individual schools are outlined in the charts included at the end of this release.

The Halton Catholic District School Board uses various sets of data, including the EQAO results, to inform and plan the instructional strategies used in the classroom; a process which allows school staff to offer our students the best in Christ-centred education.

Students were assessed in the areas of Reading, Writing and Mathematics based on expectations contained in The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8. The assessments were evaluated 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.

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Media Contact:
Jacqueline Herman
Superintendent of Education,
Curriculum Services
905-632-6314, ext. 123
Alternate Media Contact:
Andrea Swinden
Strategic Communications Officer
905-632-6314, ext. 159

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