by Cheryl Jackson Wednesday August 29, 2012

It seems Ontario students are getting better at reading and writing, but math skills?  Not so much.

The results of the 2012 EQAO tests for students in Grades 3, 6 and 9 were released today. Compared to five years ago, students in Grades 3 and 6 have improved quite a bit in their reading and writing scores. The number of Grade 3 students meeting the provincial standard in math, however, has remained the same and the number of Grade 6 students meeting the standard has actually gone down by 3%. By the time the kids get to Grade 9, their scores have improved - 84% of academic math students have met the standard, an increase of 9% over five years. The kids in applied math have also improved, by 10%, but still, fewer than half of them have met the provincial standard. I've just given you a lot of numbers, I know. Today's release has charts which make it easier to read.

Stay tuned for more information from the Education Quality and Accountability Office on September 12. That's when we'll receive reports which will summarize the findings, put them in context and offer some strategies for improvement.

In the meantime, here's our take on the EQAO tests - what they are, what to look for in results, and how to prepare your child. We also hosted a lively debate over the pros and cons of standardized tests.

We have a podcast too, if you'd rather listen than watch.