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What Ontario’s 2022 EQAO Results Mean for Students in Every Province.

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Ontario’s EQAO results were released last week and show a decline in student achievement across all measures.

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) provides Ontario student assessment data. The 2021-2022 EQAO results provide a snapshot of how students are doing after two years of pandemic learning disruptions. While these results may be based in Ontario, they have implications for students in every province across Canada.

 What is the EQAO?

The EQAO is a set of standardized tests administered by schools in grades 3, 6, 9 and 10. The tests measure reading, writing, and math performance against a set of provincial standards. 

  • Grade 3: Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics 
  • Grade 6: Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics
  • Grade 9: Assessment of Mathematics; and
  • Grade 10: The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)

The EQAO tests give information about how students are performing when compared to a standard for their level. As well as providing the province insights about the provincial curriculum, these tests work to ensure that students are getting a high-quality education and to keep public education accountable to taxpayers.

While the assessment results don’t affect students’ individual overall grades, they can, however, point to trends in student performance and indicate trouble areas. Let’s take a look at what the current results indicate.

2022 EQAO Results At a Glance

This is the first year since the pandemic that students could take these standardized tests. Across the board, student performance results were lower than results from the previous test.

Third-Grade Results:

  • Reading: small drop from the previous test: 77% down to 73%
  • Writing: larger drop from the previous test:  72% down to 65%
  • Math: minor drop from the previous testing year: 60 down to 59%

Only 59 % of Grade 3 students met the province’s math standard.

Sixth-Grade Results:

  • Reading: increase from the previous testing year: 85%, up from 83%
  • Writing: results stayed the same from the previous testing year: 84%
  • Math: results dropped from the previous testing year: 50% down to 47%

Only 47% of Grade 6 students met the provincial math standard.

Ninth-Grade Math Test Results

  • Results for the math test only: Math results dropped from the previous testing year: 75% down to 52%

Only 52% of Grade 9 students met the provincial math standard.

Tenth Grade Literacy

The tenth-grade literacy test known as the OSSLT will take place from Wednesday, November 2, to Wednesday, December 7, 2022, with individual student results reported by end of January 2023. source

What Every Province Can Learn from Ontario’s EQAO Results

The assessment results show a steady decline in the overall performance for all students at the levels tested. Math scores are down. Reading performance has declined. Writing skills have dropped for third grade and remained stagnant for sixth grade.

While Ontario’s EQAO provincial assessment results do not directly impact students’ grades, the results can be a strong indicator for parents in every province about the areas where students may be struggling and need extra help.

With student progress reports for Grades 1-8 due between October 20 and November 20, the EQAO results serve as a head’s up for parents about where their child may be underperforming.

Catch-Up Payments Offer $200 Financial Help For Tutoring

Ontario’s Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced financial help for student tutoring to help students strengthen their math skills.

Parents with school-aged children up to 18 years old can apply for payments on the Catch Up Payments site of $200 for each child, while parents with school-aged children with special education needs up to the age of 21, can apply for $250, Lecce said.

Use Catch-Up Payments at Oxford Learning!

If you are looking for a long-term, quality tutoring solution for your child to help them catch up and recover pandemic learning losses, the $200 catch-up payment from the province is a great starting point!

Applying this $200 payment toward getting your child a cognitive learning assessment at Oxford Learning ensures that your child will strengthen their reading, writing and math skills.

The research shows that tutoring plays an essential role in overcoming pandemic learning loss. Tutoring allows for customized instruction, provides detailed, timely feedback, and generates personalized engagement, care, and mentoring, which is often less possible in large group settings.

If you have been waiting for a reason to enrol your child, the EQAO results are your sign to get started!

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