Brockville – Standardized testing scores in Grade 9 academic math have risen one per cent this year in the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB). Results in the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) also improved by one per cent across the district.
This year’s assessment results had 76 per cent of Grade 9 students meeting the provincial standard in academic math, while 74 per cent did so in the OSSLT testing. These scores are up from 75 and 73 per cent respectively in 2015-2016, the last year the tests were administered.
“It’s always wonderful to see that our students are improving year-over-year,” said Stephen Sliwa, Director of Education, “While we are making progress, we also understand that many of our students continue to work towards meeting the provincial standard in their learning. We are committed to further supporting our schools to ensure that our students develop confidence and clarity as learners when engaging the provincial curriculum in their classrooms.”
Staff across the UCDSB are working diligently to improve in many areas in both primary and secondary education. Student scores across the UCDSB in the Grade 3 reading, writing, and math assessments were 67, 70, and 52, respectively. In the Grade 6 reading, writing, and math assessments, results were 77, 74, and 39, respectively.
The UCDSB is guided in its efforts to improve student achievement under the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (BIPSA). This plan provides focus and direction to the school district by:
- Engaging teachers and administrators in regular learning teams that explore math learning goals closely tied to individual school improvement plans,
- Building teachers’ knowledge of effective assessment practices and content, based on the Ontario Curriculum expectations, so instruction will help students gain a better understanding of curriculum requirements,
- Supporting a variety of teaching strategies in all classrooms to meet the learning needs of all students,
- Creating learning environments in schools designed to help students develop their skills as readers, writers, and problem solvers, and
- Developing relevant and engaging learning tasks for students.
The Board’s improvement plan sets out a number of strategies to help students succeed. These strategies, in addition to each individual school’s School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (SIPSA), will continue to be used and updated to help our students in all schools develop the skills they need to succeed. The UCDSB will further analyze this data, and from this year’s and previous years’ results, similar to the province as a whole. Not unlike all school districts in the province, board staff will be examining teaching and learning in mathematics, recognizing that this is a particular priority – locally and provincially – for students from kindergarten to grade 12. “Our Board’s number one goal is preparing all students for a successful life,” said Chair Jeff McMillan. “While there are certainly areas for improvement, we are firmly committed to serving our students in their learning and enabling our schools to be the very best they can be. We will continue to work towards these essential goals, recognizing that we are all making long-term investments in children’s lives.”