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​Posted on: 10/13/23

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

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has released the results of the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 assessments represent the second 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 77% of students in Grade 3 met or exceeded the standard, while 87% of students in Grade 6 achieved Level 3 or 4.

In writing, 70% of Grade 3 students and 88% of Grade 6 students met or exceeded the standard.

Success rates on the 2022-2023 OSSLT for DPCDSB students continue to be very high, with 86% of students writing in Grade 10 successful on the OSSLT. Additionally, 62% of who did not participate or were unsuccessful in 2021-2022 were successful in this most recent assessment year.

Elementary mathematics has improved 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. In Grade 3, 60% of students achieved the provincial standard in mathematics, while 48% of Grade 6 students also achieved Level 3 or 4 in mathematics. 

At the secondary level, the 2022-2023 EQAO assessment results for Grade 9 mathematics remained stable in DPCDSB at 54% of students achieving the provincial standard. 

While DPCDSB students have demonstrated improvement in mathematics achievement compared to 2021-2022, DPCDSB continues to dedicate a wide range of supports to schools to focus on improving learning in this key subject area for all students.

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 are mostly in alignment with provincial averages, however, we know we have work to do and are committed to developing and putting into place, the supports necessary to help our students achieve success.”

The 2022-2023 results for DPCDSB students and the province (ON) in all six elementary EQAO assessments, the Grade 9 mathematics assessments, and the OSSLT are presented below. ​

Primary Reading77%73%
Primary Writing70%65%
Primary Mathematics60%60%
Junior Reading87%84%
Junior Writing88%84%
Junior Mathematics48%50%
Grade 9 Mathematics54%54%
OSSLT (First-Time Eligible)86%85%
OSSLT (Previously Eligible)62%63%

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.
School board and individual school results will be available on the DPCDSB website at later this fall. 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 approximately 72,000 students in 151 schools located throughout Mississauga, Brampton, Bolton, Caledon, and Orangeville. 

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