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In Canada, Ontario students continue to struggle with math, according to a recent report in The Toronto Star. Standardized test results from Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) for the 2018-2019 academic year show that only 58 per cent of third-grade student achieved standard scores, equivalent to an A or B.
Literacy results are also declining in this age group, with just 69 per cent achieving the standard.
Less than half of Grade 6 students earned an A or B in maths, a one per cent drop over the past three years.
Grade 9 math students fared better, remaining stable at 84 per cent, but only 44 per cent of those are taking applied math courses.
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“As the recently-released EQAO results confirm, our students are still struggling to meet provincial math standards,” Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce said in a statement via The Toronto Star.
He called the scores “disappointing.”
“We will never accept the status quo, we are demanding better for our kids by investing in a landmark multi-year strategy that will, from day one, help our students and educators build the confidence and knowledge to excel in math.”