The EQAO is an independent agency of the Ontario government. According to their website, the EQAO’s tests…
“…measure student achievement in reading, writing and mathematics in relation to Ontario Curriculum expectations. The resulting data provide accountability and a gauge of quality in Ontario’s publicly funded education system. By providing this important evidence about learning, EQAO acts as a catalyst for increasing the success of Ontario students. The objective and reliable results from EQAO’s tests complement the information obtained from classroom and other assessments to provide students, parents, teachers and administrators with a clear and comprehensive picture of student achievement…“
In addition, EQAO works to ensure that this information is used to bring about improvement for individual students and for the education system as a whole.
The EQAO test scores, ESL (and BOC+3) and Special Education information are copied directly from annual reports compiled by the EQAO and entered on a School Ranking Worksheet, like the partial, cut-off one (as a courtesy to mobile users) seen below:
Each year of each subject of each grade has its own unique calculation differentiated only by predetermined Special Education average-level scores in each subject. The resulting calculations for each subject will usually vary anywhere from 3.750 (very high) to 2.250 (very low). These three-decimal results are then transferred to the grey EQAO Charts you see on each page, in a two-decimal format:
Although the numbers appear with a grey background on the website, we see them as a “colour chart” like the one seen below. This allows us to easily assign a “consistency number” to each school that further determines it’s final ranking.
These numbers are then put through a proprietary formula involving the Teacher Support each school receives, and more on how we do the rankings can be seen here. All rankings are then disseminated, compared and analyzed to provide a clearer picture of the current state of schools around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).