CSCNO elementary and secondary school students stand out with continued improvement

September 21, 2017

Sudbury  – The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released earlier this week the results of Ontario’s grade 3 and 6 students from the 2016-2017 provincial testing. The Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario (CSCNO) notes that its elementary students (grades 3 and 6) have shown a steady improvement in reading, writing and mathematics over the last five years. 

Since 2012-2013, reading results of CSCNO grade 3 students increased to 82% (9% increase). Writing stands at 75% (1% decrease) and mathematics results remains at 75% (1% increase). The progression of grade 3 students is encouraging.

Grade 6 students have also demonstrated steady improvement since 2012-2013. Reading results stand at 91% (4% increase), writing results sit at 82% (no increase) and mathematics results increased to 79% (a 3% decrease). The energy dedicated to reading and writing may explain the improved performance in these skills.

The success rate of grade 9 students in the academic mathematics program stands at 71% (8% increase). In the applied mathematics program, 37% (5% decrease) of students attained levels 3 or 4. As one of the priorities set by the Ministry of Education (OME) is to improve the performance of students in this strand through the renewed math strategy for Ontario, the CSCNO will offer targeted schools either an intensive or increased support according to the procedures set out by the Ministry of Education.

Grade 10 students reached new heights in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Results indicate that 87% (increase of 5%) of grade 10 students met or exceeded the province’s French-language standards. The following seven schools had a score of at least 80%: ES Saint-Joseph, Wawa (80%); ESC l’Horizon, Val Caron (84%); ESC Champlain, Chelmsford (85%); ES du Sacré-Cœur, Sudbury (89%); Collège Notre-Dame, Sudbury (89%); ESC Jeunesse-Nord (Blind River) (100%); and ESC Franco-Ouest, Espanola (100%). Achieving such a result in linguistic minority setting is quite an accomplishment and the CSCNO takes pride in standing out among French language school boards in Northern Ontario.

“As reflected in our yearly results, our elementary level students are making and sustaining great progress in both reading and writing, our grade 3 and 6 students also excel in mathematics. Without a doubt, they greatly benefit from our teaching strategies, continued support and pedagogical initiatives,” explained Mrs. Nicole Sonier, Executive Director of Learning at the CSCNO. “Our grade 9 and grade 10 testing components indicate that although we are succeeding at high level in the language strand, there is a need to continue to work with our staff and support our students to improve their performance in math.

“The commitment of our school staff enables us to offer quality programs that stand out”, stated Mrs. Lyse-Anne Papineau, CSCNO Director of Education. “Motivated by the desire to remain a top performing school board, we will work to perfect our teaching strategies in order to increase our students’ success rate and to offer to our families the quality French Catholic education that they have come to expect for their children. Our objective, as always, is assisting each of our students in reaching or exceeding provincial standards as they move forward to taking their place in society.” 

The Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario offers a French Catholic Educational Program that is widely recognized for its excellence. The CSCNO provides a quality learning environment and academic program that runs from early childhood to adult education, with some 7,000 students in 27 elementary and 10 secondary schools.

Paul de la Riva
Director of Communications and External Relations
Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario
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