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EQAO Results

We were happy to see significant improvements in our EQAO results for our Grade 3 and Grade 6 students in 2016-2017. Students working to standard expectations in Reading, Writing and Mathematics from the previous year have improved by up to 28%. At Westminster, Math and Literacy coaches support our teachers to participate in professional learning opportunities and build their own learning and teaching strategies to support student growth. Innovative strategies such as our "Math Adventure" from last year, where children worked collaboratively with different classes and teachers to improve their problem solving abilities, proved beneficial. We trust that these and other strategies to support math and literacy skills will continue the improvements our students are making.

EQAO results are one of the many ways we measure student success and provide a snapshot of results across our Board and the province. EQAO data, along with other data sources, is used to inform school and board improvement strategies to continue to support the needs of all our students. Each year, although the test results focus on that year's cohort of children with varying degrees of strengths and needs, it provides us with valuable information on our teaching methods in general for all grades. For more detailed information of our EQAO results please go to www.eqao.com.

2016-2017 EQAO Results:
Grade 6:
83% at standard in Reading: 28% improvement
90% at standard in Writing:   19% improvement
57% at standard in Math:        6% improvement 

Grade 3:                                                                       
65% at standard in Reading: 21% improvement            
70% at standard in Writing:   11%  improvement            
51% at standard in Math:      18% improvement                

Westminster's teachers and staff will be analyzing these results to identify the strategies that are proving successful and further understand the areas that continue to need improvement. In the next few months we will be unpacking the EQAO test to understand the skills our students need to continue to improve to meet curriculum expectations successfully. 

The Board's focus on Mathematics, Modern Learning and Mental Health supports the needs of our students in many ways. Our School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-being is continuously being updated to better support the needs of all our students by enhancing our teaching strategies and better engage our students.

Mathematics is clearly an area of need for our school as well as the rest of the Board and Province. York Region District School Board is committed to supporting students in becoming confident problem solvers who use mathematical knowledge, skills and processes to be contributing members of a changing society. Math learning and teaching are responsive to students’ strengths and areas of need to support the development of conceptual understanding, procedural fluency and application of problem solving strategies.  Students continue to learn basic skills and how to apply them to real world situations in their math class and integrated in other subjects throughout the day. 

Our belief in our students' abilities to continuously improve and grow is paramount to our school's vision and motivates each of our professional staff to strive for new ways to help them achieve to the best of their abilities. Developing a "growth mindset" in our students and our staff is what drives Westminster. We thank our families for your support and partnership. Together we can provide an excellent education for our students. 

Keep up the hard work everyone!
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