CHARLOTTETOWN — Literacy and mathematics assessments show that student achievement is improving in several key areas in P.E.I.
“The number of Grade 3 students who met the grade level expectation in reading rose from 62 per cent in 2007 to 87 per cent in 2013, while those who were experiencing difficulty dropped from 27 per cent to nine percent during the same period,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac. “We had a record number of students participating in this assessment, with only seven percent of students exempted from this year’s assessment, down from 14 per cent in 2007.
Among Grade 6 students, 83 per cent are now meeting or approaching expectations in reading, up from 63 per cent in 2009.
In response to results from previous math assessments, Grade 9 teachers were provided additional professional learning opportunities on math curriculum and effective teaching strategies.
Results show that student outcomes are improving. The number of Grade 9 students who met the grade level expectation of 65 per cent or above in the math assessment has increased from 52 per cent in 2012 to 64 per cent in 2013.
Two new assessments were introduced this year, the Elementary Mathematics Assessment (Grade 6) and the Intermediate Literacy Assessment (Grade 9), providing baseline data.
“Similar to last year, the overall results for 2013 show that the investments we are making in learning are paying off, whether those investments are in literacy coaches, early interventions or professional curriculum resources,” said McIsaac.
The assessments give parents an idea of how well their child is doing in reading, writing and math at critical stages of learning.
The reports have been sent home with students and the results are now available online. Parents are encouraged to take time to review the material and discuss the results with their child’s teacher.
For more information, visit the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website at www.gov.pe.ca/eecd/ProvincialAssessment.