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HCDSB News Release
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Halton Catholic Students Outperform the Province in Grade 9 Math and OSSLT

The Halton Catholic District School Board published today its Board and school results of the province-wide 2013-2014 EQAO Assessments for Grade 9 Mathematics, and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). The results indicate that Halton Catholic secondary students continue to surpass the province-wide results in both the Grade 9 Math Assessments and the OSSLT.

“While this is encouraging, we know that there is always room for growth," comments Director of Education, Paula Dawson. "The success of our students is not measured merely in terms of test scores, and EQAO results are just one indication (or measure) of student achievement that we will continue to use to identify strategies that enhance student learning across our district.”

The 2013 Grade 9 Mathematics Assessment was conducted in each semester of the last school year (2013-2014). 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.

Overall, the 2013-2014 assessments for Mathematics indicate that 89% of the Board’s Grade 9 students are meeting or exceeding the provincial standard in Academic Math, and 57% of Grade 9 students are meeting or exceeding the provincial standard in Applied Math.

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) was conducted in April, 2014 by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).The OSSLT is based on the expectations for reading and writing across all core subjects in the Ontario Curriculum up to the end of Grade 9. Successful completion of the OSSLT is one of the requirements leading to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Overall, the 2013-2014 OSSLT results indicate that 91% of the Board’s secondary school students who wrote the test for the first time successfully completed the assessment.

Board-Wide Results

Individual School Results


The Halton Catholic District School Board employs a variety of data, including the EQAO results, to inform and plan the instructional strategies that are implemented in the classroom.

As advised by the EQAO, it is inappropriate and misleading to rank schools or to make individual school comparisons without taking into account a variety of contextual factors. More information may be accessed on the EQAO website at:


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:
Andrea Swinden
Communications Officer
Halton Catholic District School Board
905-632-6314, ext. 159 
Alternate Media Contact:
Lisa Stocco
Administrator, Strategic Communications
Halton Catholic District School Board
905-632-6314, ext. 126 

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