Dear Parents and Guardians:
Re: Upcoming EQAO Assessments
Between May 23 and June 2, 2017, your child will be taking part in the provincial Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division (Grades 1-3) or Junior Division (Grades 4-6) created by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). This assessment is administered to all Grade 3 & 6 students in Ontario’s publicly funded school system.
This assessment consists of two booklets assessing language and a third booklet assessing mathematics. Each booklet is made up of two sections, for a total of six sections. Each section will take about one hour to complete. The administration of the six sections will be spread out across the two-week window.
EQAO assessment questions are directly based on the expectations set out in The Ontario Curriculum, so your child does not need to prepare in any special way. Students are simply encouraged to do their best and show what they know.
Your child’s results on this assessment are private and will give you an indication of his or her achievement in relation to the provincial standard. The results do not affect your child’s grades or report card in any way. They will, however, give you information about your child’s learning to add to the overall picture of his or her progress. In September 2017, EQAO will send our school a report on your child’s achievement on the assessment, and we will send it home at that time.
Student results on EQAO assessments are an important source of information about student strengths and areas needing improvement. We can use them as a school community, along with other information, to guide our school improvement initiatives for reading, writing and mathematics. This benefits not only your child but all the students in the school. The results are also used by our school board and the Ministry of Education to direct attention and resources where they are needed.
For more information about EQAO and to view a sample of its assessments, you may visit the Web site www.eqao.com.