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Dufferin-Peel Students Match/Exceed EQAO Averages
By Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School | Published  09/22/2013 | Community News | Rating:
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The Mission of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, in partnership with the family and church, is to provide, in a responsible manner, a Catholic education which develops spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, social, and physical capabilities of each individual to live fully today and to meet the challenges of the future, thus enriching the community. Main Phone Number: 905-890-1221. 

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Brampton - Results of the recently released 2012-2013 EQAO assessments mark the fifth consecutive year in which the percentage of Dufferin-Peel students achieving at, or above, the provincial standard (Levels 3 or 4) in Grades 3 and 6 has met or exceeded the provincial averages.

Dufferin-Peel students exceeded the provincial average by between 1% and 4% in all six assessment areas. The results from the spring 2012 administration of the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) primary and junior division assessments of reading, writing and mathematics highlight the continuing high levels of achievement among Dufferin-Peel students.

Dufferin-Peel’s trend of high achievement levels on the EQAO tests was maintained in the primary and junior assessments. Reading and writing in both Grades 3 and 6 have demonstrated steady, incremental improvement over the last five years (spring 2008 through spring 2013), while primary mathematics achievement has been consistent over time. The board continues to show good performance in junior mathematics, but recognizes the need to further improve student learning in this key subject area.

“The results are clear.” said John Kostoff, Director of Education. “Dufferin-Peel students have outperformed the provincial average consistently over time. This is reflective of the culture of excellence that we strive to foster at Dufferin-Peel. We are committed at all levels to work hard on behalf of our students, to share best practice, advance new teaching and learning concepts and continue to improve student learning, achievement and well-being among all learners.”

“Academic excellence is one of the hallmarks of our Catholic school system and it takes a collaborative effort by all parties – students, parents/guardians, faculty, staff, administrators and trustees to maintain this level of excellence over time,” said Mario Pascucci, Chair of the Board. “As trustees, we are committed to allocating resources and doing all we can to ensure that our students are put in the best position possible to succeed.”

The EQAO assessments provide an indication of each student’s achievement in reading, writing and mathematics. The spring 2012 assessment results for elementary students report on these three subject areas for two groups of students: Grade 3 students (primary assessments) and Grade 6 students (junior assessments).

The results for students in all six elementary assessments for 2012-13, compared to the provincial averages, are presented below:




Primary Reading



Primary Writing



Primary Mathematics



Junior Reading



Junior Writing



Junior Mathematics



The board will further analyze the EQAO results to provide support to schools, students and parents/guardians to ensure that more students continue to improve in all assessment areas. Each school has its own plan, which will be reviewed in the context of the test results, to improve students’ skills in all subject areas. School plans include strategies to assist all students, including intervention and reinforcement for students who did not achieve the provincial standard.

“EQAO assessments are but one of the tools we use to gauge student achievement and we are pleased with our results,” said Sheila McWatters, Associate Director of Instructional Services, “At the same time, we know that we still have work to do and want our parents/guardians and students to know that we will continue to work strategically to improve even further in all subject areas.” 

Board and individual school results will be available on the board website at later this fall. Additional information on the various assessments can be obtained through the EQAO web site at

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is an independent agency whose mandate is to ensure greater accountability and help improve the quality of education. 

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is one of the largest and most diverse school boards in Ontario. It currently serves approximately 85,000 students in 149 schools located throughout Mississauga, Brampton, Bolton, Caledon and Orangeville. It is the goal of the board to provide quality education to students in a setting which fosters Catholic values and beliefs. 

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