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Toronto students get mixed results on provincial test scores

File photo of children at Toronto elementary school eating healthy snacks in the cafeteria. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Toronto schools are celebrating better reading scores in provincial standardized tests while lamenting a drop in math skills.

The Education Quality and Accountability Office released last year’s test scores on Wednesday to gauge where Grade 3 and 6 students fall compared to the provincial standard.

In the Toronto District School Board, the number of students who met the benchmark in reading has gone up three per cent; writing scores were unchanged; and math results dipped by one per cent.

But while overall results are mixed, Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School in Scarborough improved across the board and made the biggest jump in the city.

“Essentially, we went up in the increment of about 30 per cent … across reading, writing and mathematics in both Grade 3 and Grade 6,” said principal Aldo Petrucci.

“[I’m] just very proud of the students and staff.”

Teachers are giving some of the credit to technology, including an interactive whiteboard which responds to touch, but also say it’s important for parents to read to their children and involve them in real-world math.

“In terms of math, math is everywhere,” said Samantha Barkin, a Grade 3 teacher at McMurrich Junior Public School in the west end.

“Help contextualize the math. If you’re going shopping, get them involved in the shopping list.”

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