Begins: Monday, May 26th
Ends: Friday, June 5th
Grade 3 Students Write On:
Tuesday, May 27th @ 9:00 a.m. to 10:48 a.m.
Wednesday, May 28th @ 9:00 a.m. to 10:48 a.m.
Thursday, May 29th @ 9:00 a.m. to 10:48 a.m.
Friday, May 30th @ 9:00 a.m. to 10:48 a.m.
Tuesday, June 3rd @ 9:00 a.m. to 10:48 a.m.
Wednesday, June 4th @ 9:00 a.m. to 10:48 a.m.
Grade 6 Students Write On:
Tuesday, May 27th @ 11:33 a.m. to 1:09 p.m.
Wednesday, May 28th @ 11:33 a.m. to 1:09 p.m.
Thursday, May 29th @ 11:33 a.m. to 1:09 p.m.
Friday, May 30th @ 11:33 a.m. to 1:09 p.m.
Tuesday, June 3rd @ 11:33 a.m. to 1:09 p.m.
Wednesday, June 4th @ 11:33 a.m. to 1:09 p.m.
That time of the year is closing in our grade 3 and 6 students again.
Beginning on Monday, May 26th, our grade 3 and 6 students will be writing the provincial EQAO assessments.
There are a few things that parents should be aware of in terms of the assessment:
1. DDES does its best to reduce potential anxiety as much as possible. Both grade 3 and 6 staffs have been preparing students over the course of the year so that this will be as least stressful as possible.
2. There are not intended to be “surprises” on the EQAO assessments. The assessment contains only the Ontario Curriculum; however, the questions on the assessment are not always “straight forward” and simple!
Grade 3 and 6 staffs have provided practice questions and assessments similar to what will take place during the EQAO assessment.
3. Individual student results are NEVER released to the public! Parents will receive their son or daughter’s individual results in the fall. Overall, school results are released in the fall, as well.
4. As a school, there is not a great deal of value in looking at just one year’s results in isolation. Rather, it is better to look at results over the course of several years to determine particular areas of strength and areas for focus.
5. A healthy snack is available to the grade 3 and 6 students on each day that they write the assessment.
How Can You Help Your Daughter or Son?
1. Please try to avoid appointments or absences on the days that they write EQAO – especially in the first half of the day. While we do build in time for students who are sick or absent to catch-up, it is easier if students attend school. Of course, we understand that these things are sometimes beyond our control and we will certainly work around that.
2. Keeping a regular routine at home is also helpful. While most students handle EQAO without any major issues or complaints, there are always a few students who do feel the pressure and anxiety. Keeping a regular bedtime, regular wake-up time and breakfast helps to reduce this anxiety for most students.
3. The EQAO assessment DOES NOT go onto report cards and will not cause a student to pass or fail. As mentioned above, one of the main purposes for EQAO is to give school’s an overall sense of how its students are doing.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please free to contact either your child’s homeroom teacher or Mr. Parish in the office.