Canada:.The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is an independent provincial agency funded by the Government of Ontario. EQAO’s mandate is to conduct province-wide tests at key points in every student’s education and report the results to educators, parents and the public. EQAO measures students’ achievement in reading, writing, and mathematics in relation to Ontario Curriculum expectations. A standardized test from the Education Quality and Assessment Office (EQAO) in 2015-2016 revealed that half of Ontario grade 6 students failed to meet the provincial standards in math. The report also established that student performance in Ontario has been steadily declining since the 2009-2010 school year after the advent of the ‘Discovery Math’ curriculum.
EQAO assesses students throughout their school career:
Grade 3 assessment of reading, writing, and mathematics
Grade 6 assessment of reading, writing, and mathematics
Grade 9 assessment of mathematics (all students working toward a credit in Grade 9 Academic or Applied Mathematics are required to participate)
Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) – successful completion of the test is one of the requirements students must meet to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma
U.S.A: The picture on the south side of the border (i.e. USA) appears to be bleaker. More than half a million 15-year-olds around the world took the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA for 72 OECD countries in 2015. The US ranking fell from 28th to 35th in math when looking at a comparable sample of countries that participated in the PISA exam in both 2012 (the last time the test was administered) and 2015. A more important finding was that the US performed poorer than the math average in the OECD.
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