Minister Calls EQAO Test Results Unacceptable

Here’s what the Education Quality Accountability Office said when they released the results of their latest round of testing on August 29th,

“MATH TRENDS

In elementary schools, the percentage of Grade 3 and Grade 6 students meeting the provincial math standard has decreased over the last five years.

  • Of the 132 656 enrolled Grade 3 students assessed in 2018, 61% met the provincial math standard (a decrease from 67% in 2014).
  • Of the 132 766 enrolled Grade 6 students assessed in 2018, 49% met the provincial math standard (a decrease from 54% in 2014).
  • Results from EQAO’s Student Questionnaire suggest that while only 56% of Grade 3 students and 52% of Grade 6 students believe they are good at math, 78% are motivated to do their best when they do math activities in class. High motivation levels signal a positive mindset that can facilitate future achievement.

In secondary schools, the percentage of Grade 9 students enrolled in the academic course who met the provincial standard in math has remained high, while fewer than half of the students enrolled in the applied course met the provincial standard.

  • Of the 96 996 students enrolled in the Grade 9 academic course in 2018, 84% met the provincial math standard (a figure that has remained relatively stable since 2014).
  • Yet of the 33 451 students enrolled in the Grade 9 applied course in 2018, only 45% met the provincial math standard (a decrease from 47% in 2014).”

Minister of Education, Lisa Thompson, has stated that these results are unacceptable and our new government has vowed to abandon “Discovery Math”, a teaching concept advanced by the former government that encourages students to engage in problem-solving with real-world applications in favour of old-fashioned times tables memorization and rote learning.  Some experts advise that a balance of both approaches is the best solution.  About $55 million in the education budget has been reallocated to support lead math educators and new math training for teachers.