67 per cent of elementary students scoring a B on the latest province-wide tests, edging closer to Ontario provincial goal of 75 per cent clearing the bar.
However there has been wild variation in how some students did over the past three years. More students’ scores dropped in math than ready and writing. 14 per cent of students met the standard in Grade 3 math but did not meet it by Grade 6. Nine per cent did the opposite – pulled up their scores to a B between the two grades.
“I’m concerned about students who met the standard in math in Grade 3 but then failed to meet it in Grade 6,” said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne.
“Grade 6 math involves more complex reasoning and problem-solving than the more fundamental skills of Grade 3,” said professor Michael Fullan, Premier Dalton McGuinty’s adviser on education.