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BHNCDSB - Results above the province for Catholic secondary students in all EQAO assessment areas

September 21, 2016 (Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk) - The Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board is pleased to report that Catholic secondary school students continue the trend of a solid performance in both  Applied and Academic Level Mathematics and OSSLT having all above the provincial assessment results.

87% of students studying at the Academic Level achieved at or above level three and although the system’s Applied Level results saw a decline with 56% of students achieving at or above level three, those results remained above the provincial average.

Our over-time trend, at both the Applied and Academic level, indicate that we are on the right track. Understanding the concern across the Province with respect to student Math results, the system will continue to focus its strategic direction on mathematics.

“We will continue our cross panel initiative that connected Grades 7 and 8 classroom teachers with Grades 9 and 10 Math teachers. Our historically consistent results, most notably at the Academic level, indicate that we are on the right track,” said Superintendent, Patrick Daly. “Again, these solid results don’t mean we are changing focus; they mean that we will continue the good work that we are doing and focus on filling in the gaps at the Applied level to improve those results.”

“These results support the direction our community requested through the community consultation project “Every Voice Counts”. Trustees heard that parents, students and staff believe we should remain focused on improvement in the area of Student Achievement in Mathematics. Although there is still work to do, we are pleased with the solid Mathematics results,” said Chair of the Board, Rick Petrella.

EQAO Grade 9 Mathematics Assessment

The EQAO Grade 9 Mathematics Assessment results are used to guide improvement initiatives as they relate to student achievement. Specifically, results are used to help inform teachers, department heads, principals and program consultants in their efforts to improve classroom practice and success rates. Details of the test structure content and purpose are available at the EQAO website:  www.eqao.com

Our secondary mathematics results remain above the provincial average at both the Applied and Academic level.

OSSLT Results

We are pleased to report that the Board’s OSSLT results remain solid and are, once again, above the Provincial average. Historically, the system has focused on Literacy as part of its strategic direction in support of student achievement. The system continues to produce solid results over time which is something that we are very pleased with.

“The Trustees were presented with a Literacy plan that, without a doubt, continues to work. Ensuring that our Catholic school graduates have solid Literacy skills is something that we should be proud of,” said Rick Petrella, Chair of the Board. “Knowing that our Catholic graduates have a strong foundation and communication skills to begin their post-secondary journey is a testament to the success of the plan and the continued commitment of all.”

For more information please visit www.eqao.com.

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For more information about this media release contact:
Patrick Daly, Superintendent of Education, 519-756-6505 Ext. 232

For more information about the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board contact:
Tracey Austin, Manager of Communications and Community Relations, 519-756-6505 Ext. 234, 519-732-5282, taustin@bhncdsb.ca