The Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) continues to focus on improving academic outcomes in the areas of literacy and mathematics, following the release of the 2017-2018 Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) results on Sept. 19.
LKDSB's EQAO results have remained relatively stable in the LKDSB since 2016-2017. LKDSB reports a slight improvement in the EQAO results for Grades 3 and 6 reading compared to 2016-2017. The Grade 9 academic math results have remained consistent, however the results for Grade 9 applied math have fallen below the provincial average. As such, Senior Administration will be reviewing the Grade 3 and 6 writing and mathematics results, as well as the results for Grade 9 mathematics, to understand and develop new strategies for increasing academic achievement and promoting student success. The LKDSB also remains focused on improving outcomes for the Grade 10 Ontario Student Secondary School Literacy Test.
In alignment with the Ministry of Education's direction to focus on the fundamentals of math for Grades 1-8, the LKDSB continues to allocate resources and professional development opportunities to increase learning and competency in this area. The LKDSB increased its number of math coaches in 2018-2019, from one math coach in September 2017 to seven math coaches, in order to provide schools with additional supports. As well, the LKDSB will also be hosting a Professional Activity Day on fundamental math skills this year.
"We know the EQAO assessments only provide a small snapshot of our students' achievements. We are proud of our students' progress and we will continue to focus on increasing academic outcomes in the areas of mathematics and literacy," said Director Jim Costello. "Moving forward, we will continue to allocate resources to support academic improvements, including reviewing our assessment preparation practices; providing professional development for staff; and focusing on fundamental math skills."
EQAO is one of many resources used by LKDSB teachers and administrators to assess students. These assessments are part of a progressive learning model integrated throughout the elementary and secondary levels.
To view the EQAO results for the LKDSB, visit: https://www.lkdsb.net/Elementary/EQAOandOSSLTResults/Pages/default.aspx
For additional information contact:
Elizabeth Hudie, Chair of the Board, 519-542-0939
Jim Costello, Director of Education, 519-336-1500, Ext 31297
Ben Hazzard, Superintendent of Education - Program: Early Years / Elementary, 519-336-1500 ext. 31570
For reference information contact:
Heather Hughes, Public Relations Officer, 519-336-1500, Ext. 31262
September 19, 2018