The EQAO results for the Trillium Lakelands District School Board are in and the scores for math have dropped.

The Education Quality and Assessment Office had released the province-wide numbers last month, showing that just under half the grade six students tested met the provincial standard. In the TLDSB those numbers plunge to just 37 per cent, down a point from last year’s results.

The board also reported an overall drop in scores for grade three students for the three pillars, reading, writing and math.

50 per cent of grade three students met the math provincial standard this year.  The report also showed a downward trend since 2013/14 going from 64 per cent that year, down to this year’s 50 per cent. In that same time period, sixth grade students have shown a steady decline going from a high of 50 per cent in 2014/15 to this years 37 per cent.

The troubling results have the attention of the Board’s Director of Education Larry Hope. He says a return to fundamentals is part of the path to higher scores. “Our math programs, augmented this year with a renewed focus on fundamentals, will be closely monitored for impact on student achievement,” Hope said in a TLDSB press release.

The board pointed to some successes as well with 83 per cent of grade nine students achieving Levels 3 and 4 in math, a higher rate than the provincial average. That is the equivalent range of 75 to 90 per cent, or B to A depending on the style of report card parents are familiar with.

Chairperson of the Board Louise Clodd says the commitment to students is a priority, saying,  “Our staff, administrators, and system leaders are dedicated to improvements in learning for all of our students.”

The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic School Board reported similar scores in its report released yesterday, with just 39 per cent of grade six students meeting standards, and 34 per cent of grade nine students hitting the provincial levels.