Weston schools have generally fared poorly in the latest evaluations of student achievement. Only two schools excelled: HJ Alexander and Weston Memorial. This week, in the first of several posts, I’ll have a look at CR Marchant’s EQAO results.
Marchant is Weston’s middle school, located near Lawrence and Ralph. Marchant’s grade 6 students are performing worse than their peers in reading, writing, and math.
Over the past five years, while schools province-wide have been improving standardized test scores in reading and writing, CR Marchant has struggled. 74% of the all grade 6 students meet the provincial standard in reading. Only 55% of CR Marchant students do. This year is an improvement over last year, however. In 2010, less than half of Marchant students met the provincial reading standard.
Marchant is also having trouble getting its students to write well. While 72% of all grade 6 students meet the provincial standard, only 62% of Marchant students do.
The situation is even worse for mathematics. 46% of Marchant students—less than half—meet the standard, while 58% of all students do.
The problem is not because we live in Toronto. Schools in Toronto do reasonably well—almost exactly as well as the province as a whole does. Marchant is performing poorly for some other reason, and it’s not a fluke. The students at Marchant have performed worse than the city and province on every test, in every year that the EQAO has been administered.
Marchant students are not doing badly because they come from abroad: fewer students, in fact, were born outside Canada than in the city as a whole. Nor are they underperforming because they don’t speak English at home.