Thunder Bay students are showing improvement, according to the Education Quality and Accountability Office.

The EQAO has released detailed results of the latest province-wide testing of Grade 3 and Grade 6 students. In Thunder Bay, Catholic board students in Grade 3 showed improvement over the previous year's Grade 3 results in reading, writing and math. A total of 75 per cent, 82 per cent and 72 per cent met or beat the provincial standard for the respective subjects.

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Lakehead public board Grade 3 students performed slightly poorer than in last year's tests in reading and math (64 per cent and 61 per cent respectively) but better in writing (73 per cent). At the Grade 6 level,students did better in all three subjects than in the previous year, including math, where 50 per cent of students meet or beat the Ontario standard, compared with 43 per cent the previous year.

Scores for students in the Catholic board were down in reading and math at 79 per cent and 60 per cent, but better in writing at 80 per cent.

"EQAO results are an important indicator, just like your blood pressure," said the CEO of the Eduation Quality and Accountability Office, Bruce Rodrigues.

"And when your blood pressure hints that something is off, then you investigate. It's vital information to have. The same holds true with EQAO results and the kinds of holistic discussions they bring about in school communities."

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