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Posted on: 11/7/2022

EQAO reading and writing results remain strong among Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board students, despite pandemic challenges

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has released the results of the 2021-2022 assessments completed in Grades 3, 6, 9 and 10. The EQAO assessments and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) provide an indication of each student’s achievement in reading, writing and/or mathematics at key points throughout their formal schooling. The 2021-2022 assessments represent the first EQAO assessments administered since 2018-2019 and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic disruption to learning.

The assessment results for elementary students report on reading, writing and mathematics at both the primary (Grade 3) and junior (Grade 6) levels of study. The Grade 9 EQAO assessment focuses on mathematics achievement, while the OSSLT assesses Grade 10 students’ proficiency in reading and writing. Successful completion of this test (or the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course) is one of the 32 requirements necessary to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

The elementary EQAO assessment results for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) continue to indicate high performance in terms of proportions of students meeting or exceeding the provincial standard (Levels 3 or 4) on the Grades 3 and 6 assessments of reading and writing.

Reading results show 79% of students in Grade 3 met or exceed the standard, while 87% of students in Grade 6 achieved Level 3 or 4.

In writing, 72% of Grade 3 students and 87% of Grade 6 students met or exceeded the standard.

Success rates on the 2021-2022 OSSLT for DPCDSB students continue to be very high, with 83% of students writing in Grade 10 successful on the OSSLT. Additionally, 87% of students writing for the first time in Grades 11 and 12 in 2021-2022 were successful.

Elementary mathematics has declined in terms of the proportions of both Grade 3 and Grade 6 students meeting or exceeding the provincial standard compared to the previous assessment year. At the secondary level, the 2021-2022 EQAO assessment results for Grade 9 mathematics reflect the change to a single assessment of de-streamed mathematics. However, data were not available for all eligible Grade 9 students (as most DPCDSB schools did not participate in the 2021-2022 Grade 9 mathematics assessment), so the observation of 55% meeting or exceeding the provincial standard may not represent a complete picture of Grade 9 mathematics learning in DPCDSB.

However, given the results in both elementary EQAO mathematics assessments and the move to de-streamed mathematics in Grades 9 and 10, DPCDSB continues to dedicate a wide range of supports to schools to focus on improving learning in this key subject area for all students.

“Given the challenges of operating in a pandemic environment over the past two years, DPCDSB results are encouraging, particularly in the areas of reading and writing where students continued to achieve at or above the provincial average,” said Marianne Mazzorato, Director of Education. “DPCDSB results in mathematics, while mostly in alignment with provincial averages, may be indicative of the greater benefits of in-person learning, particularly in mathematics. Nevertheless, we know we have work to do and we are committed to working hard to develop and put into place, the supports necessary to help our students achieve success.”

The 2021-2022 results for DPCDSB (DP) students and the province (ON) in all six elementary EQAO assessments, the Grade 9 mathematics assessments, and the OSSLT are presented below. 

Primary Reading79%73%
Primary Writing72%65%
Primary Mathematics59%59%
Junior Reading87%87%
Junior Writing87%84%
Junior Mathematics44%47%
Grade 9 De-Streamed Mathematics55%52%
OSSLT (First-Time Eligible)83%82%
OSSLT (Previously Eligible)88%85%

As in past years, DPCDSB staff will undertake a detailed analysis of the EQAO and OSSLT results to provide support to schools, students and parents/guardians to ensure that more students continue to improve in all assessment areas. Each school has its own plan, which will be reviewed in the context of the test results, to improve students’ skills in all subject areas. School plans include strategies to assist all students, including intervention and reinforcement for students who did not achieve the provincial standard or who were not successful on the OSSLT.  

Additional information on the various assessments can be obtained through the EQAO website at​.

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is an independent agency whose mandate is to ensure greater accountability and help improve the quality of education.

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is one of the largest and most diverse school boards in Ontario. It currently serves over 73,000 students in 151 schools located throughout Mississauga, Brampton, Bolton, Caledon, and Orangeville. ​

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