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Grade three test results jump here

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District grade three students are right on course in their reading, writing, and math according to testing results revealed at last night’s Rainy River District School Board meeting.

The results, which were released by the Ministry of Education on Friday afternoon, indicate an improvement over testing done in 1997/1998—a change which Education Director Warren Hoshizaki attributed to the teachers.

“Teachers have been working hard at implementing the new curriculum, with all the professional development and training they’ve done,” he applauded.

“The only way you make those changes is if all the teachers work together,” he stressed.

This year’s district testing results, compared to last year’s, are as follows:

•Reading—45% (1998-99) vs. 37% (1997-98);

•Writing—57% (1998-99) vs. 41% (1997-98); and

•Math—51% (1998-99) vs. 42% (1997-98).

The percentages represent how many district students achieved the provincial standard, which is referred to as Levels 3 and 4.

“The really important thing is the improvement,” noted Hoshizaki. “All schools in our system have an improvement plan in place where we look at the results and see how to change for the better.

“And we want to keep on improving,” he added. “Our focus this year, for example, in on mathematics improvement.”

Grade six testing results also were released last night but since it was the first year testing has been done, these results will act as baseline data to provide a foundation for future analysis.

District students scored 51% in reading, 48% in writing, and 41% in math.

The purpose of the provincial testing is to see how well the Ministry of Education’s new curriculum is being implemented in Ontario schools.

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