Every year, the EQAO (Education Quality and Accountability Office) administers province-wide tests to assess the development of essential skills by Ontario students. The tests are administered at key stages in a student’s education – at the end of the primary division in Grade 3, at the end of the junior division in Grade 6, and in Grades 9 and 10. The tests are used to determine how students’ reading, writing and math skills have developed and the test results are intended to improve learning for all students. Developed by Ontario educators, the tests are based on the learning expectations set out in the Ontario Curriculum. According to the EQAO website and promotional video (http://bit.ly/ehcDBk), the tests are not intended to require special preparation; instead, the exams require students to demonstrate the skills they have learned in the classroom.
The Grade 9 Math Assessment is taken by all Ontario students in their first year of high school. It assesses the math skills that students are expected to have achieved by the end of Grade 9. This year, the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics will take place between January 6th – 21st, 2011 (for first-semester students) and June 2nd – June 17th (for second-semester and full-year students). All questions on the Grade 9 Math Assessment are based on the expectations in The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 and 10: Mathematics (revised 2005). The test provides numerous opportunities for students to demonstrate their knowledge and application of curriculum expectations and strands: Number Sense and Algebra; Linear Relations; Measurement and Geometry; and Analytic Geometry (academic program only). The test is comprised of two components: multiple choice and open-response.
For more information, visit the EQAO website: http://bit.ly/h0W4cG.