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Both local school boards see improvements in EQAO testing

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EQAO test results have been released and both school boards in Waterloo Region have something to brag about.

Chief Communications Officer with the Waterloo Region District School Board Nick Manning says they’ve been able to close the gap to the province. “We’ve been able to do that in 5 of 7 tests where we’ve made improvements and in a couple areas we’ve been able to exceed the province.”

Superintendent of Learning with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board John Klein says reading scores in grades 3 and 6 over the last 5 years have increased. “The EQAO results for 2016-17 show that we have exceeded the province’s results in reading and writing and mathematics in primary to the tune of 2 per cent to 5 per cent.”

Klein says the WCDSB has been directing the most attention towards improving math scores.

Manning says the best result they received was a 15 per cent increase in Grade 9 applied math students. “We used to lag the province by about 10 per cent and now we beat the provincial average in that measure.”
Manning says the results are from three years of focused efforts from school staff with coming up with new ways to teach the subject.

Klein says they saw great results from Grades 3 and 6 when it came to math. “We’ve seen our improvements of 11-34 per cent in those schools and that’s all part of Ontario’s renewed math strategy.”

Manning says right now the WRDSB is focused on mathematics, well-being and improving graduation rates.

Klein adds the challenges the WCDSB still are working on are to improve their achievements in mathematics for students in Grades 3 and 6.