The standardized tests ofEQAOwho assess learning in reading, arithmetic and writing in 3e6e9e and 10e year in Ontario, made a comeback this year after a two-year hiatus due to the lockdowns imposed during the pandemic.
French-language schools, which were once frontrunners in terms of results, are seeing the most notable decline in math.
The trends are the same for 3rd grade Franco-Ontarian studentse and 9e Year.
Ottawa and Eastern Ontario are not immune to the decline
L’EQAOalso disclosed the results of school board and school.
At the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO), between 2018-2019 and 2021-2022, the proportion of students aged 6 and over increasede year that meets the provincial standard fell from 82% to 53%.
At the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE), the proportion fell from 88% to 55%.
Finally, at the Eastern Ontario Catholic District School Board (CSDCEO), it fell from 79% to 44%.
The fall was predictable
One thing is certain for the various educational actors: the pandemic, school closures and online learning have an impact on standardized test results.
in the 4the and 5e Year we consolidate a lot of knowledge in mathematics and move more and more towards complex and abstract, which requires supportsays Caroline Ruminot, professor of education at the University of Ottawa.
However, with the pandemic and online school, it has been difficult to ensure the consolidation of learning for everyoneShe adds.
French-speaking students started higher
If the decline is more pronounced in French-speaking schools, it is mainly because their results before the pandemic were particularly good.
Before the pandemic, the French-speaking system was known for “flashes”, weeks of preparation for this test with practical exercises and simulationexplains Paul Baril, President of Parents Partners in Education (PPE).
But this time we didn’t have the opportunity to prepare the students, there was a special contexthe adds.
French-language schools are often under pressure to perform. At the school board level, we want to be better than the school board next door, which puts a lot of pressure onexplains Anne Vinet-Roy, President of the Association of Franco-Ontarian Teachers (AEFO).
School boards who aren’t very talkative
French-speaking school boards usually comment extensively on the results of theEQAO. In this way, they can promote academic success in their schools and attract new students. But this time they are more discreet.
the CECCEdeclined to comment on the latest results.
always analyze the results.
For its part, the CEPEO
that there is room for improvement and says so too
Soon every management and member of the school teams will continue to analyze the results of the testsEQAO and target action priorities.
Increasing demand for tutoring
These results seem to affect one sector in particular: that of private tutoring.
In the last few months we have had an increasing number of requests and we see that some students are a year or two behind with the curriculum, especially in mathematics.says Shella Mithani, manager of the company’s three franchises. Oxford Learning Centerin Ottawa.
Parents are often told not to worry too much, not to put even more pressure on their children’s shoulders because they need to rebuild their confidence.She adds.
No panic say parents and teachers
The organization Parents Partenaires en Éducation agrees.
” Provincial tests are one thing. But the most important thing here is that our children rediscover going to school for themselves. »
Academic lag is what we see all over the planet and we won’t be able to catch up in a year. You have to be realistic and not put pressure on the children and their families.adds Mr. Baril.
Not even the teachersare in turn the President of theAEFO which even goes one step further.
There has long been a view that these tests should be abolishedexplains Ms. Vinet-Roy.
They are too general and not an accurate representation of what is happening in the classroom. It would be better to rely on the professional judgment of the teaching staff.