Improving Low Student Math Achievement (HWCDSB task force and EQAO)

March 6, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

EQAO has released a February 2015 1-page monograph titled Task Force Attacks Low Student Math Achievement Head On, in which the author reviews the results of a Hamilton Wentworth Catholic DSB task force that investigated ways of improving math achievement based on the EQAO data for its board.

Highlights from the EQAO monograph:

“EQAO … studies have consistently shown that a student’s achievement in the earlier grades is a strong predictor (though not a determinant) of his or her achievement in later grades…

Attention clearly needs to be given to improving mathematics engagement and achievement in elementary school, so that students have a solid foundation for success as they advance in their schooling….

The HWCDSB’s task force also included recommendations related to parent engagement, particularly in cases where students are known to be struggling. Involving parents in productive and appropriate ways is a well-documented hallmark of effective schools. Other EQAO research has pointed to two specific areas where parents can play a particularly supportive role—homework completion and class attendance.”

Here are the Boards (draft) recommendations: http://btoc.hwcdsb.ca/school/catholicschoolcouncil/?fileID=115946

Check ’em out!

Rowan

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