Ontario elementary math results declining

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The news that half of all Grade 6 students in Ontario did not meet the provincial math standard this year may not really bother many South Asian and Chinese parents in the Peel Region who rest assured that their children generally tend to score high in math and science.

Standardized test results for elementary school students released today by the province’s Education Quality and Accountability Office show that while reading results are improving, math results are getting worse.

The EQAO says that this year only 50 per cent of Grade 6 students met the math standard, compared to 58 per cent in 2012.

The Grade 3 math results showed a decline too, with 63 per cent of students meeting the provincial standard, compared to 68 per cent in 2012.

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Bruce Rodrigues, the EQAO CEO, says they are hopeful that a new math strategy launched in Ontario this year “will start turning these math trends around.”

Students fared better on the reading tests, with 72 per cent of Grade 3 students meeting the standard, up from 66 per cent in 2012, and 81 per cent of Grade 6 students met the standard, up from 75 per cent in 2012. – CINEWS

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