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Education Minister Alan McIsaac
When it comes to reading, writing and math more Island students are meeting expectations than they were five years ago, according to the latest results from provincial assessment tests.
The province released the results this morning and they showed that of the Grade 3 students tested 88 per cent met expectations in reading comprehension, which was up 16 percentage points from 2008.
For Grade 6 students 76 per cent met expectations, which was down slightly from last year, but up five percentage points from 2008.
Education Minister Alan McIsaac said the assessments tell the department where the education system is doing a good job, where interventions are needed and where improvements need to be made.
“I think they’re extremely important,” he said.
Along with the literacy scores, math results were also showing improvement for Grade 9 students where 64 per cent met expectations compared to 52 per cent last year.
Comparisons weren’t possible in all categories because not every grade level was undergoing assessments in each category in past years.
It wasn’t all good news with writing assessments showing declines in the number of Grade 3 and Grade 6 students meeting expectations in some aspects of writing.
French immersion and French as a first language continued trends of declines in writing while more immersion students met expectations in reading comprehension.
More details to come online or in tomorrow’s print or e-edition.