The Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) says it needs to do better when it comes to EQAO test scores.
Today, the Office of Education, Quality and Accountability (EQAO) released local results, showing that grades three and six in reading, writing and math were lower. the provincial average, as did the Grade 9 math scores. Only the Grade 10 literacy test scores were above the provincial average.
“We recognize that the results tell us we need to do better,” said John Bryant, director of education for the WRDSB. “Our community asks us tough questions and we ask ourselves those same questions.”
In comparison, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board reported it was tied and, in some areas, above the provincial average.
“This year’s EQAO results tell us that our foundations are strong and that we are on the right track as we strive for nothing less than excellence for all students at all schools,” said Loretta Notten , Director of Education for the Catholic School Board.
Room for improvement
EQAO’s tests give school boards insight into student behavior and achievement while highlighting areas for improvement.
As a result, Bryant said his board is looking for ways to improve EQAO test scores and has developed a strategic plan that will focus on math, graduation rates and staff well-being and students.
The board spent the past year developing the plan and worked with staff to develop evidence-based strategies and recommendations that will be presented to directors on October 17.
“We really have to study and look at the data and really understand it, that’s going to be our next step,” said Bryant. “We have some really effective strategies that we’re looking at and we’re really trying to focus on implementing those strategies.”