Math continues to be the concern with school in the Simcoe-Muskoka District School Board. EQAO results were recently released showing not only a drop in math province-wide, but also within our own schools. Communications and Public Affairs liaison Pauline Stevenson says the struggle is with the problem solving aspects of math.

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Stevenson says you can’t really compare schools and boards to get a complete picture. The EQAO results are meant to illustrate a trend over time.

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The school board currently has programs in place to see what they can do to improve that grade.

In Huntsville St. Mary’s saw a drastic decline in math. In Grade 3, the school dropped from just over 70 per cent of students achieving the provincial standard in the 2012-2013 school year to 40 per cent last year. That’s almost 30 per cent less than the provincial average. The Grades 6 saw a slight increase from 36 to 38 per cent, but that is still 15 per cent less than the provincial average. 

Monsignor Michael O’Leary’s Grade 3 results saw a slight decrease from 83 per cent of students achieving the provincial standard in 2012-2013 to 78 last year. The school still beat the 67 per cent provincial average. The Grade 6 results on the other hand were less that stellar. Math dropped to 39 per cent last year from the 62 per cent in 2012-2013.

Although math results were less than ideal, reading and writing is a different story. Stevenson says they are seeing positive results. In Grade 3 and 6 writing almost 80 per cent of students are achieving at or above the provincial standard. There was a three per cent improvement in Grade 6 reading and a one per cent improvement for Grade 3.

Click here for detailed results for St. Mary School. Click here for detailed results on Monsignor Michael O’Leary.