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Test Scores Rising For Students in Ontario

Strong EQAO Results Show McGuinty Government's Plan Working

Ministry of Education

Ontario students continue to be high achievers with 70 per cent of Grades 3 and 6 students mastering reading, writing and math skills.

The latest Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) results show more students than ever are gaining the skills they need for success in school and beyond. The number of students reaching the provincial standard is up by 16 percentage points compared to 2002-03. 

Today's results highlight how the province's investment in education is benefiting students. Full-day kindergarten, smaller class sizes and supports for teachers are providing students with the tools they need to reach their potential.

Supporting student achievement is part of the McGuinty government's plan to help more students graduate, get jobs or move on to an apprenticeship, college or university. Building the best-educated workforce in the world helps attract the investments that create jobs and strengthen our economy.

Quick Facts

  • The Putting Students First Act was introduced to protect the gains made in education such as full-day kindergarten, smaller class sizes, and 20,000 teaching and support staff jobs.
  • An international study "How the world's most improved school systems keep getting better," ranks Ontario's education system as one of the best in the world.
  • The Pan-Canadian Assessment Program showed that Ontario students are the only students in the country to achieve above the national average in math, reading and science. And they lead the country in reading.
  • The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is an arm's-length agency of the provincial government that has administered provincial assessments annually since 1996.

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“The consistently improving EQAO results are thanks to everyone working together: students, teachers and parents. Over the past nine years test scores and graduation rates have gone up and class sizes are smaller. We want to protect these gains and continue to put students first because when kids do well, we do well.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“Ontario's students are the hallmarks of our worldwide reputation for excellence in education. We are committed to supporting all students and working with all of our partners in education to assist all students in achieving their best.”

Laurel Broten

Minister of Education

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