The Primary Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics are conducted each year by EQAO at the end of Grade 3. These assessments measure student achievement of the provincial curriculum expectations in reading, writing and mathematics to the end of the primary division (Grades 1, 2 and 3).
The Junior Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics are conducted annually by EQAO at the end of Grade 6. These assessments measure student achievement of the provincial curriculum expectations in reading, writing and mathematics to the end of the junior division (Grades 4, 5 and 6).
The primary and junior assessments test what students know and how well they apply their knowledge and skills in everyday situations, by requiring students:
- to read and respond to passages
- to write
- to solve mathematical problems
Student work on the assessments is evaluated according to the expectations in
The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8. A four-level assessment scale that reflects the four achievement levels in
The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8 is used to evaluate each student’s work. These four levels are:
- Level 4: Achievement
exceeds the provincial standard.
- Level 3: The provincial standard. This score identifies a
high level of achievement of the provincial expectations.
- Level 2: Achievement that is
approaching the provincial standard.
- Level 1: Achievement that falls
below the provincial standard.
Results from the spring 2018 administration of the EQAO primary division and junior division assessments of reading, writing and mathematics demonstrated that high proportions of DPCDSB students continue to meet or surpass the provincial standard in literacy in Grades 3 and 6. In the most recent assessment year, 79% of primary students attending Dufferin-Peel Catholic schools met or exceeded the provincial standard in Grade 3 reading and 77% met or exceeded this standard in Grade 3 writing. Performance among junior students continues to be exceptional, with 84% of Grade 6 students meeting or exceeding the provincial standard in reading and 83% meeting or exceeding this achievement level in Grade 6 writing.
Math continues to be a concern both provincially and in DPCDSB. The proportions of DPCDSB students meeting or achieving the provincial standard in primary and junior mathematics have both declined compared with the previous assessment year. In 2017-2018, 61% of Grade 3 students met or exceeded the provincial standard in mathematics, while 48% of Grade 6 students met or exceeded this standard in mathematics. In DPCDSB, elementary mathematics continues to be an area of focus, and the board continues to dedicate a wide range of supports to schools to improve learning for all students in this important subject area.
Below are the 2017-18 primary and junior EQAO reports for elementary schools, categorized by family of schools.
2017-18 EQAO Elementary Report for DPCDSB