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Toronto school board ranks last in GTA

A ranking of the province’s high schools released over the weekend shows Toronto is near the bottom of the class.

The Toronto District School Board scored 5.2 out of 10 in the Fraser Institute’s annual Report Card on Ontario’s Secondary Schools, though on average the GTA fell above the provincial average of six.

The city’s Catholic board fared better, with a 5.8 average and the No. 1 school out of 727 – St. Michael’s Choir School.

But despite poor results in some schools bringing the Toronto average down, the study’s co-author said exam marks have improved on the whole.

“This is a promising trend for Ontario schools,” Michael Thomas said.

“But with more than a quarter of exams still falling below the provincial standard, there is room for academic improvement across the province.”

The Fraser Institute based its rankings on province-wide literacy tests and Grade 9 math exams.