MEDIA RELEASE


For Immediate Release
September 24, 2014

2014 EQAO test results released for Grade 9 Math

GUELPH, Ontario – Grade 9 math students in the Upper Grand District School Board outperform many of their peers across the province, according to test results released by the province’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).

Results in both the Academic and Applied program have topped provincial averages over the past five years.

In the Applied program, 59% of students in Upper Grand schools met or exceeded the provincial standard in 2014, compared with 47% provincially. The result in Upper Grand was up 7% over the previous year, and is an increase of 11% since 2010.

In the Academic program Upper Grand students were 88% successful, compared with 85% provincially. Success rates across the province have risen slowly over the past five years, with Upper Grand students consistently 2 to 4% ahead.

In both programs boys were marginally more successful than girls. In the Academic program 89% of males met or exceeded the provincial standard, compared to 87% of females. In the Applied program 61% of males met or exceeded the provincial standard, versus 55% of females.

“The success of our students is a testament to the skill and dedication of our teachers,” said Mark Bailey, Chair of the board. “It is heartwarming to see that every year an increasing number of students are able to show that they’re learning the math curriculum.”

“The EQAO results tell us that we’re reducing the gap between students in Academic or Applied courses in math, but we can do even better. Staff will be analyzing the data for individual schools and across the board, including cohort data, and this will help to identify the instructional practices that best ignite learning.”

School by school results for both the applied and academic programs are shown in the graphs below. Additional information is available at www.ugdsb.on.ca/eqao, and on EQAO’s website at www.eqao.com.


Applied Success Rates - North Wellington and Dufferin (bar graph)

2014 Grade 9 Math EQAO Applied Success Rates - South, Centre and East Wellington (bar graph)

2014 Grade 9 Math EQAO Academic Success Rates - North Wellington and Dufferin

2014 Grade 9 Math EQAO Academic Success Rates - South, Central and East Wellington

For more information:

Maggie McFadzen, Communications Officer
519-822-4420 ext. 725
maggie.mcfadzen@ugdsb.on.ca

Mark Weidmark, Administrative Officer - Communications
519-822-4420 ext. 544
mark.weidmark@ugdsb.on.ca