The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) conducts province-wide standard-based tests at key points in every student’s primary, junior, and secondary education. The tests measure student performance in reading, writing and mathematics based on the expectations outlined in the Ontario Curriculum.

  • EQAO assessments provide information to educators, students, parents and the general public on the academic achievement of students in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics.
  • EQAO assessments provide additional input for improving student learning and supporting school improvement planning.
  • However, EQAO tests do not assess the whole child or the whole curriculum, and as such, results from EQAO testing are only one indicator of student learning which measures student achievement in relation to the common provincial standard.

When do the EQAO Assessments take place?

Primary (Grade 3) and Junior (Grade 6) reading, writing and mathematics assessments typically take place during a 2-week period in late May/early June.

How are EQAO results shared?

  • Parents receive EQAO’s Individual Student Report
  • Schools receive detailed reports about their students’ achievements to help inform their school improvement planning
  • Our school board receives detailed reports to help inform the Board ImproView Our School Resultsvement Plan. The Board only publishes the overall Board-level results.

Achieving the Provincial Standard

The provincial standard is Level 3, which corresponds to achievements in the B- to B+ range.

Explanation of the Levels of Achievement

  • Level 4 Exceeds the Provincial Standard
  • Level 3 Meets the Provincial Standard
  • Level 2 Approaches the Provincial Standard
  • Level 1 Falls below the Provincial Standard

EQAO Assessments in a Catholic Learning Environment

In our Catholic school community, we create conditions that support the whole child and student-centred learning in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics.

We know that student success and well-being is based on a variety of factors, and we consider a wide range of data, including the EQAO assessment data, to identify student strengths and to target areas where attention and resources are needed.

As Catholic educators, we use the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (OCSGE)​ as a framework to guide our programming and our work in Catholic education. This framework recognizes that the journey of learning for students in Catholic schools is not measured simply in terms of knowledge and skills; but also in the values, attitudes and actions inspired by Jesus, and modelled by staff and students, both within and beyond the classroom.