Mixed results for area English public schools RICHARD MAHONEY success rate in literacy was 91 per cent, compared to 86 per cent in 2009. In math, 81 per cent met the standard, compared to 95 per cent last year. BEO students met the standard in the 2012-2013 tests, according to Education Quality and Accountability Office num- bers.

vincial average of 82 per cent. At St. Francis Xavier High School in Ham- mond, mathmarks have improved dramat- ically, from a success rate of 67 per cent in 2009 to 95 per cent in the latest tests. How- ever, literacy test results have gone in the opposite direction, dropping from 95 per cent in 2009 to 79 in the latest exam. At St. Thomas Aquinas in Russell, the math success rate has shot up to 98 per cent from 79 in 2009. The literacy test suc- cess rate is 89 per cent, down from 93 per cent in 2009.

At Russell High School, 77 per cent met the provincial standard in math. Students’ marks have been akin to a rollercoaster -- plunging to a 44 per cent success rate in 2009 and soaring to 91 per cent the fol- lowing year. In literacy, the success rate was 66 per cent, compared to 76 last year. At Glengarry District High School in Al- exandria, 79 per cent met the math stan- dard, compared to 86 per cent in 2009. On the literacy test, the success rate was 85 per cent, compared to 90 per cent last year. “The board recognizes that there are areas that require our attention, both in understanding our results and in support- ing teachers’ efforts in improving student achievement,” the UCDSB says in a state- ment. Catholic system ahead of province Grade 9 students at Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario schools fared better than their counterparts across the province in the most recent Ontario- wide exams. In academic math, 90 per cent of CDS-

This result represents a ten per cent im- provement over the board’s showing in 2009, and is better than the provincial suc- cess rate of 84 per cent. On the literacy test, 87 per cent of CDS- BEO students met the provincial standard. This is up one per cent from last year but down three points from 2009. However, the CDSBEO figure is better than the pro-

Fluctuating marks are the norm at Upper Canada District School Board high schools when it comes to standardized testing. Continuing to score below the provincial average, 77 per cent of UCDSB grade 9 stu- dents met the provincial standard on the Education Quality and Accountability Of- fice academic math test for the 2012-2013 school year. The results show a three per- centage point increase over the 2008-2009 academic year but a three per cent drop from last year’s showing. At the provincial level, the success rate is 84 per cent. Meanwhile, 75 per cent of Grade 10 stu- dents met the provincial standard in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, a two per cent decrease from last year and a five per cent dip since 2009. At the provincial level, 82 per cent met the literacy standard. However, Rockland District High School (RDHS) bucked the regional trend, exceed- ing the provincial averages in both tests. The success rate at RDHS in academic math was 97 per cent, a rise over the 91 per cent passing rate in 2009. For the literacy test, 86 per cent of RDHS students met the pro- vincial standard, a sharp improvement over the 68 per cent success rate from last year. At Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute, the

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