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Continued strong Academic and Applied Level Math results for Catholic students – ‘Stay the course’ say our parents

October 29, 2015 (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. 86% of students studying at the Academic Level achieved at or above level three and the system’s Applied Level results continue to increase with 64% of students achieving at or above level three.

Two years ago, understanding the growing concern across the Province with respect to student Math results, the system focused its strategic direction on mathematics and implemented a Math Coaching initiative that connected Grades 7 and 8 classroom teachers with Grades 9 and 10 Math teachers. “Two years of improved results at the Applied Level indicate that we are on the right track,” said Superintendent, Patrick Daly. “These solid results don’t mean we are changing focus; they mean we are doing good work and will continue on the course that we are on.”

“With the 2012-2015 Strategic Plan completed, much work is being done to formulate the 2015-2018 plan,” said Chair of the Board, Rick Petrella. “The results of the online public consultation project “Every Voice Counts” told the Board that parents believe we should ‘stay the course’ with focus on improvement in the area of Student Achievement in Mathematics. Our new plan demonstrates that we’ve listened and value our parents’ input.”

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

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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