Declining Math Scores Noted Among Grade School Students Across The Region

Some ups and downs following the latest batch of EQAD testing among Simcoe County school students, while results remain under the provincial norms.

Simcoe County District School Board

Testing on Grade 3 students shows a continued decline in the level of reading, writing, and mathematics among students. All three skill sets sit below provincial averages.

Grade Six students saw some improvement in writing skills, while results in reading and math remained unchanged from the year prior. All three remain slightly below the provincial averages.

Grade nine students across the public school system saw a two per cent increase in math skills over the year prior, while it does still sit a few points below the provincial average. It also represents a four-point decrease from just five years ago.

Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board

Grade 3 students saw a noted decrease in mathematics skills, which continues a downward trend seen locally and provincially. Reading and writing skills also saw slight decreases, as did provincial numbers.

A slight uptick in math test scores among Grade 6 students within the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, but at 39 per cent, it remains about 9 points lower than the provincial average. A noted uptick in writing skills among these students however, with a five-point increase over last year.

Applied math scores among Grade 9 students at the SMCDSB saw a six-point bump, but remain slightly lower than provincial norms. Academic math scores fell slightly.

“Analyzing EQAO data over the years provides a larger context that acknowledges special circumstances affecting student achievement.” says Norah Marsh, Education Quality and Accountability Office CEO, “For example, school boards have been investigating the impact student attendance and loss of instructional time has on student achievement.”