Ontario Students Continue To Show Improvement
McGuinty Government Supporting Increased Elementary Student Achievement
Ontario's elementary students continue to improve their reading, writing and math skills, according to provincial test scores released today.
In 2002-03, 54 per cent of students were achieving at or above the provincial standard. Today's results show that 65 per cent of Grade 3 and Grade 6 students are achieving at or above that standard. This represents an 11 percentage point increase since 2003, when the McGuinty government came to office.
The goal is to have 75 per cent of students achieving at or above the provincial standard. To reach this goal, the government will continue to invest in the education system and will target resources at priority groups and high-impact strategies that are proven to get results.
Since 2003, the government has provided increased resources, including funding for an additional 7,730 elementary teachers to reduce class sizes and improve student achievement.
- The provincial standard on the EQAO tests is equivalent to 70 per cent (a "B") or higher.
- Grade 6 French-language students are already exceeding the provincial goal in all assessment areas.
- 65 per cent of Grade 6 students scored at or above the provincial standard in 2007-08, a gain of 3 percentage points from 2006-07.
- English-language students with special needs have improved in all subjects by between five and 23 percentage points since 2002-03.
- French-language students with special needs have improved in all subjects by between 13 and 28 percentage points since 2002-03.
- Students whose first language is not English have improved in all subjects by between 16 and 29 percentage points since 2002-03.
“It's great to see Ontario students continuing to improve in the essential skills of reading, writing and math. They are critical for success in the classroom, in life and to the future of our province. This year's results are good, but I know we can do better. I look forward to seeing even greater improvement next year as we continue working toward our goal”