Ann Andrachuk

Literacy test score success

  • June 22, 2011

All Toronto area Catholic School boards managed average or better than average pass rates on province-wide standardized literacy tests this year.

Students in the York Catholic and Dufferin-Peel Catholic board scored above the provincial average of 83 per cent.

Eighty-eight per cent of Grade 10 YCDSB students who wrote the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test for the first time were successful. Also, more students with special education needs wrote the test compared to last year and the students experienced a five per cent increase in achievement.

“Our test scores continue to be among the highest in the province and this is something we are proud of,” said Elizabeth Crowe, chair of the YCDSB. “However, at the heart of those scores is the great teaching and learning happening in our schools. Our schools are clearly engaged, vibrant hubs of activity, focused on student achievement.”

At the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, 85 per cent of DPCDSB students were successful. This is the fifth year in a row that Dufferin-Peel Catholic District Students exceeded the provincial average.

“The collaboration of school, family and parish is central to supporting the learning needs of all students and we will continue to strengthen this partnership as we strive to ensure each student has every opportunity for success,” said Ralph Borrelli, DPCDSB’s Associate Director of Instructional Services.

Students at the Toronto Catholic District School Board met the provincial average at 83 per cent, while 72 per cent of English Language learners who wrote the test passed.

TCDSB chair Ann Andrachuk said the board is pleased with the results: “The high levels of achievement demonstrate that the targeted strategies and differentiated instruction offered within TCDSB are supporting success for all of our students.”

Durham Catholic District School Board students also met the provincial average.

Director of Education Paul Pulla said, “Catholic education is about encouraging students to achieve their potential and God-given talents.”

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