The Society for Quality Education today released an analysis it completed of the recent release of Grade 9 EQAO math test results. The related blog post at School for Thought is here.
In it, it went back to the raw numbers to add some context to the percentages reported when the results were released back in September. It states the number of applied and academic Grade 9 students who took the test in 2008-09, along with percentages of students achieving Level 3 or higher.
It then developed a composite percentage (how? this isn't well explained in the blog post or press release) of the two. I would assume they first figured out the number of successful students in each stream, added them and then divided by the total number of students in Grade 9. However the chart doesn't lead me to conclusively determine that, it's based on my assumption. There is also a data gap on the chart. The blog post refers to the students who are exempt, yet this number isn't on the chart. If you take the number of applied and academic in each row, you're still not getting the total number of Grade 9 students. Add some columns please... one for exempt students and another with the total number of Grade 9 students.
The SQE is showing its strength in compiling and publishing public data in one-stop charts and websites.
The chart's surprise for me was something my eye hadn't ever really been drawn to in the past, (context it should have seen, really) which is comparing the raw number of academic and applied students. In some boards they're very close-- 46 per cent of the students in the Simcoe County DSB wrote the applied test, for example, a difference of just over 500 students. Some of the smaller northern boards have a similar proximity in numbers writing applied and academic.