P.E.I. student assessments show improvement

The results of student assessment tests written last year were released by the P.E.I. government today and they show some improvement in reading, writing and math skills.
The P.E.I. government released the student assessment results at a news conference Thursday. (CBC)

The latest student assessment tests were released by the P.E.I. government today and they show some improvement in reading, writing and math skills.

The biggest improvement was in grade three reading. In 2007 just 62 per cent of students met expectations in that area, but these most recent tests show 87 per cent meeting expectations.

The Department of Education says another positive sign, in reading and writing in grades three and six, is fewer students experiencing difficulties. The department says it has provided more literacy resources and early intervention programs, and that is making a difference.

A look at the math results, however, shows results that are not as positive.

For the first time, the department measured how grade six math students are doing, and just 56 per cent of students are meeting expectations. It's slightly better at the grade nine level, where in the last couple years, teachers have been taught new strategies to help improve math scores.

In grade nine 64 per cent met expectations, up from 52 per cent in 2012.

The department acknowledges there is still a long way to go.

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