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Sudbury Catholic Board Students Continue on Upward Trend re Provincial Test Scores

September 20, 2008 - The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has released the results of the Grades 3 and 6 reading, writing and mathematics tests, the Grade 9 academic and applied mathematics tests and the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary Schools Literacy Tests (OSSLT’s) written by Ontario students during the 2007–2008 school year.

Officials at the Sudbury Catholic District School Board are pleased with the results of their Grade 3 and 6 students with both grades demonstrating gains across the spectrum. With respect to Grade 3, student scores improved in reading (from 56 percent to 57 percent), writing (from 53 percent to 58 percent) and in mathematics (from 59 percent to 61 percent). The Board’s Grade 6 students demonstrated gains in the reading component (from 68 percent to 75 percent), from 58 percent to 69 percent in writing and improved in math (from 59 to 60 percent).

With respect to the Board’s secondary schools, the math component remained relatively unchanged in both the academic (74 percent) and applied programs (29 percent) while the Board’s Grade 10 OSSLT scores improved dramatically to an all time high of 90 percent.

Paula Peroni, Chair of the Sudbury Catholic District School Board is encouraged with the recent test results. “Our board continues to trend upward with respect to the number of our Grade 3 and 6 students who have met or surpassed the provincial standards in reading, writing and math thanks to the hard work and commitment of our teachers and staff,” states Peroni. “We firmly believe that the introduction of technology has played a major role in the success of Sudbury Catholic Schools’ students through improved learning which can be directly linked to an overall increase in our Board’s primary and junior EQAO scores. The recent release of EQAO data listed Sudbury Catholic District School Board’s Grade 6 reading achievement levels and Grade 10 OSSLT (English) scores as the highest in Northern Ontario.”

Catherine McCullough, Director of Education for the Sudbury Catholic District School Board is equally optimistic with the latest data. “This truly is a good news story for our Board,”says McCullough. “Not only are our test scores improving for our Grade 3 and 6 students from the pervious year but we have demonstrated significant gains in reading, writing and math since 2005. “This positive EQAO report coupled with the fact that our elementary and secondary enrolment is on the increase which translates into the Board hiring four new teachers is an excellent start to our new school year.”

For further information and a link to the complete results visit our EQAO section at http://www.scdsb.edu.on.ca/schools/eqao.php

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