SCDSB Grade 10 literacy results

SCDSB Grade 10 literacy results above provincial average
Posted on 09/21/2017

Full results of the 2016-17 Grade 3 and 6 EQAO tests, Grade 9 math test and Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) were released by Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) on September 20. 

The Simcoe County District School Board’s (SCDSB) OSSLT results increased nine per cent over last year to 83%, and surpassed the provincial average. 

“We’re proud of the students who wrote the OSSLT last year, and of our overall result. Their success speaks to the hard work our students and staff put into preparing for the test, and to the strong literacy programs in our schools,” states Chris Samis, SCDSB Superintendent of Program and Special Education. “There is still work to be done towards achieving our goal of exceeding provincial averages in math, reading and writing. The SCDSB is committed to improving our results in these areas, as demonstrated in our strategic priorities.”

The SCDSB, like most boards in Ontario, has seen a decline in math results from previous years. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Education announced a renewed focus on mathematics with its Renewed Math Strategy. Recently, consultation on and updates to the Ontario Curriculum, as well as changes to report cards and an assessment of EQAO testing were announced to further support this strategy.

In support of our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, this year the SCDSB is ‘deepening our focus on the core’, by continuing to focus on evidence-based instructional practice, specifically: 

  • early literacy (Kindergarten – Grade 3)
  • junior numeracy (Grades 4 - 6)
  • cross-panel instruction (Grades 7 – 10)

Schools throughout the SCDSB will have instructional facilitators and math leads to help students gain the math knowledge and skills they need to be successful.   

EQAO assessments are one piece of information that inform the SCDSB’s work. School and board staff analyze EQAO data together with other assessment, well-being and engagement data to understand student needs and how we can support them.

SCDSB EQAO 2016-2017 results (per cent meeting or exceeding provincial standard)

Grade 3
Reading – 72%
Writing – 70%
Math – 60%

Grade 6
Reading – 79%
Writing – 73%
Math – 39%

Grade 9 Math
Applied – 42%
Academic – 75%


Melanie Slade Morrison, Manager of Communications
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