Ontario Providing New Supports for Students, Parents and Teachers.
Ontario students continue to make progress, with 72 per cent of Grade 3 and 6 students meeting or exceeding the provincial standard in reading, writing and math, according to the latest test scores from the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).
The number of students reaching the provincial standard has increased one percentage point compared to 2012-13 levels and 18 percentage points compared to 2002-03. That means approximately 170,000 elementary students are performing better today than they would have in 2002-03.
In reading and writing, French-speaking school boards have seen Grade 6 assessments increase two percentage points and three percentage points in 2013-14 compared to 2012-13, respectively.
In math, provincial and international assessment results show that Ontario students perform well compared to other Canadian provinces and international jurisdictions. However, according to EQAO, there has been a decline in math results over the last few years, with assessment results for Grade 6 students in English-speaking school boards decreasing three percentage points in comparison to 2012-13 and a seven percentage point drop from 2009-10 levels.
To support students, parents and teachers, the province is introducing learning resources both inside and outside of the classroom. Ontario is focusing on helping students build their math skills by:
- Providing new supports and resources for the classroom, including new learning opportunities in mathematics for educators. This includes investments of $4 million to support workshops for teachers and principals throughout this summer, as well as Additional Qualifications courses.
- Supporting Homework Help, which provides students with free, real-time math tutoring by certified Ontario teachers. The live, interactive online math help is available to students in Grade 7 to 10 in all English-language school boards. Last year, 280 certified math teachers provided more than 700 hours of free tutoring to help students work through 800 to 1,000 questions each night.
Ontario is helping parents support their children’s learning and well-being by awarding more than 2,200 Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants for the 2014-15 school year. These grants help school councils identify local barriers to parent engagement, and find solutions to get more parents involved in their children’s education at home and at school.
Providing strong supports to help students achieve is part of the government’s plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- Assessment results in mathematics for students in French-language school boards increased by two percentage points in each of the Grades 3 and 6 assessments rising to 79 per cent and 83 per cent of students achieving at the provincial standard, respectively.
- Mathematics assessment results in Grade 9 improved: in Academic mathematics, results increased slightly to 85 per cent of students in English-language school boards and 84 per cent of students in French-language school boards achieving the provincial standard.
- Helping students achieve excellence is a key goal of Ontario’s renewed vision for education.
- Since 2006, the government has supported more than 15,000 Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants to school councils and 568 regional/provincial grants, a total investment of more than $24 million.
- Ontario’s five-year graduation rate is 83 per cent, which is 15 percentage points higher than the 2004 rate of 68 per cent. The percentage of students graduating in four years is now 75 per cent, up from 54 per cent in 2004.