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SCDSB Shows Improvement in Grade 9 EQAO Provincial Testing

January 27, 2003 - Results from the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) indicate Grade 9 students from the Sudbury Catholic District School Board scored high in recent testing. Of the 357 students that wrote the test in the Academic Program, 70 percent of them achieved a Level 3 or Level 4. This represents an 11 percent improvement over last year and is 6 percent higher than the provincial average. With respect to the 174 students that were tested in the Applied Program, 35 percent of them achieved a Level 3 or 4. This represents a gain of 16 percent over last year and is 12 percent higher than the provincial result.

Zandra Zubac, Director of the Sudbury Catholic Board is pleased with the excellent results of the Grade 9 tests. "The combined results of the secondary schools indicate a dramatic improvement over last year," stated Zubac, "This is reflected by the fact that as a Board our results improved overall from 57 percent to 70 percent."

Ray Vincent, Chair of the Sudbury Catholic Board is also very encouraged with the efforts of the students. "The recent EQAO results show an outstanding improvement for the Catholic Board and for each of its secondary schools. The Board's score is significantly above the provincial average which indicates that the Board and school improvement plans are having the desired effect. We will continue to work hard to improve board results."

St. Benedict Secondary School had the best results overall with 83 percent of its students in Level 3 or 4 in the Academic Program and 44 percent achieving a Level 3 or 4 in the Applied Program. Marymount Academy showed significant improvement in Level 4 moving from 6 percent to 19 percent while St. Charles College had the greatest increase in both the Academic and Applied categories, up to 68 percent from 45 percent in academic and up to 25 percent from 13 percent in the applied.



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