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EQAO Assessments

To parents and guardians of our grade 3 and 6 students

During the weeks of May 26 – June 5, 2014 your child will be participating in the Education Quality and Accountability Office’s (EQAO’s) Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary or Junior Division. Specifically, we have planned the following:

  • Grade 3 students will write the assessment on May 26th, May 28th, June 2nd and June 3rd
  • Grade 6 students will write the assessment on May 26th, 27th and 29th

We do ask all parents and guardians to avoid any appointments for students during those times.

In six one-hour sessions, students will complete a variety of assessment activities designed to allow them to demonstrate their skills and knowledge relating to reading, writing and mathematics as described in The Ontario Curriculum. The assessment is administered province-wide and is developed by Ontario teachers and assessment experts to reflect curriculum expectations.

EQAO has developed a “Parent’s Guide to EQAO Tests” and “Questions and Answers for Parents” (available in 20 languages) to give you more information about the assessments and an understanding of what to expect. To access these resources, go to the EQAO Web site (www.eqao.com), click “Parent Resources” and then select “Primary Division (Grades 1–3) and Junior Division (Grades 4–6).”

EQAO Assessment dates

Between May 26th and June 5, 2014, students in Grade 3 and Grade 6 will be taking part in the provincial Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division (Grades 1–3) and Junior Division (Grades 4–6). This assessment is administered to all Grade 3 and 6 students in Ontario’s publicly funded school system by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), an independent agency of the Government of Ontario.

We would ask that parents of grade three and grade six children please avoid planning vacations or breaks that may make your child absent during May 26th and June 5, 2014.

For more information about EQAO and to view a sample of its assessments, you are encouraged to visit www.eqao.com.

Mr. Collins & Ms. Bongard

Information item: Parent opportunity

We have been asked to share this opportunity for our families:

EQAO-Richmond Hill Parent Forum Memo – Oct-19-2013

Please contact  joan.lachhman@yrdsb.edu.on.ca if you are interested in attending.

2012/2013 EQAO Results

eqaoAt tomorrow night’s School Council meeting, we will share our school’s results from the 2012/2013 EQAO assessments that our grade 3 and 6 students participated in last May. Our results were released publicly today.

We will use EQAO assessment data as an additional source of information to support the improvement of all of our students’ learning. It is important that we look at student achievement holistically to help inform our JK-8 School Improvement Plan. As a school we look for sustained growth in achievement over time by using multiple examples of student learning. Our grade teams will also assess the individual student reports (to be sent home shortly to parents of grade four and seven students) for specific areas of improvement.

In 2011, our junior students achieved their best results in the school’s history in both reading and writing. Last spring, they continued that success. This year, I am pleased to share that our primary students have now achieved their best results in both reading and writing in the history of the school. Of particular note, our primary division has made steady gains in reading over the past 5 years.

In grade 3, the following students met or exceeded the provincial standard (levels 3 or 4)

Reading – 80%

Writing – 84%

Mathematics – 68%

In grade 6, the following students met or exceeded the provincial standard (levels 3 or 4)

Reading – 81%

Writing – 84%

Mathematics – 59%

Our staff will examine the results closely to look for areas of improvement, particularly in numeracy. The results offer one snapshot of our students’ achievement, however ongoing classroom assessment by our staff are most important in determining the success of all of our students.

Please join us tomorrow night at 7 p.m. as we begin the discussions around this year’s School Improvement Plan.