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‘We can do more:’ high school math, literacy scores released

Students are shown attending class in Ontario in an undated file photo. CITYNEWS

While some educators are celebrating this year’s results of provincial math and literacy tests, others realize there’s room for improvement.

According to the Education Quality and Accountability Office, the number of Grade 9 students in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) who met the provincial standard remained steady at 83 per cent for academic math, but dropped by two points to 32 per cent in applied math. The percentage of Grade 10 students who met the standard for literacy was also unchanged at 81 per cent.

Still, the board says the upward trend for applied math over the past five years is positive news.

“Important changes are happening right across the TDSB and these results illustrate that,” said the board’s director of education Donna Quan.

“Our students and staff should be proud of the steady, measured progress we have seen over the past five years.”

Grade 9 math results for the board’s Catholic counterpart show a five-year upswing — from 76 per cent to 84 per cent for academic courses and from 34 per cent to 40 per cent for applied courses.

Literacy scores for Grade 10 students were the same as last year’s, but have dropped two percentage points since 2008.

“These test results tell us where we are doing well, but also point to where we can do more,” Toronto Catholic District School Board chair Ann Andrachuk said in a statement.

Click here to see results for other GTA boards.