The Centre-East French Catholic School Board (CECCE) – which includes Kingston schools École secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier and École élémentaire catholique Monseigneur Rémi-Gaulin – announced it achieved the best results in the province on tests administered by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO):
RELEASE — Once again, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) has achieved the best results in the province on the tests administered by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). For the 10th year in a row, the CECCE stands out as one of the best French school boards in Ontario with top results in seven of the nine EQAO tests.
Results on EQAO testing, Grades 3 and 6 (reading, writing and mathematics)
Of the grade 3 students attending a CECCE school, 89% are performing at or above the provincial standard in reading; in other words, they have a deep understanding (level 4) or a good understanding (level 3). For the writing component, 83% of students met or exceeded the provincial standard. As for the mathematics component, 80% of CECCE students were at or above levels 3 and 4. This means their results on the three tests came in at 5 to 7 percentage points above the provincial average.
Results among grade 6 students also surpassed the Ontario average on all three components. In reading, 96% of CECCE students met or exceeded the standard, along with 84% of students in writing. In addition, 89% of them met or exceeded the provincial standard in mathematics. This reflects results that were 4 to 6 percentage points higher than the province-wide average.
“Once again, the tradition of excellence at the CECCE’s Catholic schools can be seen in the outstanding results from our grade 3 and 6 students on the EQAO assessments. These results, being higher the provincial average, prove that a French-Catholic education, and our approach of transforming the learning experience, pays off in a significant way, and pushes each and every student to excel and achieve their full potential,” said Johanne Lacombe, Chair of the CECCE.
She added, “The excellence of these results is also solid proof that the CECCE’s Catholic schools offer a caring environment that fosters learning. Our culture of caring has an undeniably positive effect on the students’ self-esteem and confidence, and it creates a climate that inspires students to excel.”
Provincial mathematics test (Grade 9)
Grade 9 CECCE students also performed exceptionally well. With test results well above the provincial average, they are among Ontario’s best. The percentage of students performing at level 3 or 4 on the academic mathematics test was 92%, compared to a provincial average of 88%. On the applied test, the percentage of students at level 3 or 4 was 62% – 11 percentage points above the overall results within French Ontario.
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Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (Grade 10)
Finally, 94% of first-time eligible students who took the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) in grade 10 passed it. This number is 3 percent higher than the provincial average.
“The fact that the CECCE is at the top of the rankings for the 10th year in a row among French-language school boards honours the trust placed in us by the thousands of families who have chosen our Catholic schools. I am pleased to see that our Grade 9 students’ improved performance in math has made the CECCE one of the top-performing boards in the province. These results truly speak to the leadership and dedication of the school principals and vice-principals, as well as that of all the staff members, in ensuring the success of each and every student,” said Director of Education Réjean Sirois.
In grade 9, 94% of the students at École secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier in Kingston are performing at or above the provincial standard in mathematics. These results are 6 percentage points higher than the average among all French-language schools in Ontario. Moreover, for the third year in a row, 100% of first-time eligible grade 10 students who took the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) passed it.
“The success and well-being of our students are central concerns for the school board’s staff members, and it shows in the students’ academic results and in the enthusiasm they display. I would also like to thank the hundreds of families who place so much trust in the CECCE’s Catholic schools by entrusting our qualified staff with their children’s education,” said Diane Burns, School Trustee.
The Director of Education of the CECCE, Réjean Sirois, was also thrilled with the success of the students: “For the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, these results are proof that a caring environment inspires each and every student to excel, because a student who feels good, learns well. So I’m very happy to see the CECCE’s Catholic schools, like the ones in Kingston, making such a good showing at the provincial level. The excellence of these results is confirmation of the quality of the education we offer, thanks to our approach of transforming the learning experience. These results truly speak to the leadership and dedication of the school principals and vice-principals, as well as that of all the staff members, in ensuring the success of each and every student.”
He added, “This isn’t the last you’ll hear of the Marie-Rivier school, since it will be gaining modern facilities and launching new programs between now and the start of the 2020 school year, in order to meet the needs of the school community and allow every student to reach for their dreams.”
A leader recognized for transforming the learning experience, for the excellence and caring of its Catholic schools, and for its synergy with the community, the CECCE, which has 24,500 students attending its 43 elementary schools and 12 high schools, as well as its school for adults, is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.