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Catholic board E.Q.A.O. results remain strong and include improvement in 4 of 6 assessment areas

September 21, 2016 (Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk) – The Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board is pleased to report that Catholic elementary students continue to do well in EQAO assessment areas.

In both Primary and Junior Divisions, reading and writing results surpassed last year’s levels of achievement. The District also exceeded achievement levels of the Province in the literacy components of Grade 3 and 6 achievement. Four of six areas of the assessment saw improvement in student achievement.

Catholic students continue to perform very well in the areas of reading and writing. Overall, student achievement in both literacy categories remains strong and district results have exceeded those of the province.

The Grade 3 Reading achievement was 75%, up from 69% in 2011-12. Writing scores saw a 4% increase from last year and are maintaining the high levels of achievement. Grade 3 mathematics results were on par with the province. Achievement in mathematics, both at a district and provincial level, have shown a slight decrease from 2014-15, indicating that closing the gap in primary mathematics will continue to be a focus.

The Grade 6 results demonstrate our students do consistently well in reaching the provincial standard in the areas of reading and writing and this year surpassed the provincial results. Since 2011-12, the board has seen an 11% increase in reading and a 10% increase in writing. The results in Grade 6 mathematics in both the province and the district have decreased over time and will continue to be a focus for the province, district and school improvement planning.

“We are very pleased with our Reading and Writing results. They continue to remain strong which is the direct result of our historical attention to literacy. Understanding the need for improvement in the area of Mathematics, our Student Achievement Team has started the implementation of a math strategy at the district level that includes targeted instruction, professional learning communities and collaborative planning”, said Superintendent Michelle Shypula. “Following the best teaching and learning practices that proved effective in Reading and Writing, we anticipate improved assessment results once our Math Strategy has completed its rollout.”

“Although we recognize that additional attention is required in the area of mathematics, we are overall pleased with our assessment results. The Board is committed to actively supporting our students so that they reach the high results that the system is historically known to achieve. High levels of student achievement and success is the target and we recognize and support that,” said Chair of the Board, Rick Petrella. “Again, seeing these solid results speaks to the continued commitment to improving student achievement by our staff and students. The fact that four of six assessment areas saw an improvement is a testament to the hard work we see happening every day.”

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For more information about this media release contact:
Michelle Shypula, Superintendent of Education, 519-756-6505 Ext. 237  |  mshypula@bhncdsb.ca

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Tracey Austin, Manager of Communication and Community Relations, 519-756-6505 Ext. 234  |  519-732-5282  |  taustin@bhncdsb.ca