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Provincial Assessments
in Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta

Education is an integral part of our society. It teaches and prepares students for the future. In order to monitor students’ learning progress in education, provincial-wide assessment programs in various subjects are administered in different provinces. The purposes of these assessments are to provide system level information on student performance, assure our education system is meeting the needs of students, and help government officials direct the right support and resources to schools. The results of the assessments are available for every student in the public education system, as well as for parents, educators, and government officials so that they can have an idea of how students are performing and what areas require improvement for quality education.



Ontario

In Ontario, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) provides provincial testing, which assess the reading, writing, and math skills of students in Grades 3 and 6.


The results in the past five years are displayed in the charts below. Due to certain circumstances, the provincial results for EQAO’s 2014-15 assessment results are not available. The results in reading and writing showed that students’ performance had gradually improved. However, Math results had continued to fall.








British Columbia

The government of British Columbia administers the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA), in which students in Grades 4 and 7 are tested on their reading, writing, and numeracy skills.


The FSA results in 2015/16 are as follows:





A new FSA will be administered soon which will have four components and will include engaging and interactive test questions to give students multiple ways to reflect on their thinking and communicate their understanding.



Alberta

Since 2014, the Alberta government has been piloting a new digital-based assessment tool called the Student Learning Assessment (SLA) for Grade 3 students. The results of the SLA3 are released to schools, teachers, and the individuals only, not to the general public.


The Alberta government administers the Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT), in which students in Grade 6 are evaluated on various subjects, including English, Math, French, Science, and Social Studies.


Below are the results of the PAT in the past five years:




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