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Report finds students who struggled early in their schooling are at particular risk of underperforming in high school

By Kelly Pedro, The London Free Press

(QMI Agency file photo)

(QMI Agency file photo)

If you struggled with math, reading and writing in elementary school, chances are you struggled in high school as well.

More than half the students who didn't meet the reading standard in Grade 3 and 6 also failed it in a provincial Grade 9 literacy test.

The results are the latest research released by the Education Quality and Accountability Office that tracked students as they worked their way through Ontario's four provincial tests from 2004 to 2012.

While the research found that the majority of students were developing strong reading, writing and math skills by the time they were in high school, it also found the most of those who didn't had a trait in common: They struggled with the same subjects in elementary school as well.

The report also found students with special education needs who struggled early in their schooling were also at particular risk of struggling in high school.

The EQAO's chief executive said the latest research should be a reminder for parents to pay close attention to how their children do on provincial testing.

"If a student is not meeting the provincial standard in elementary school, it's a red flag that he or she may be up to 25 times more likely to carry that struggle into secondary school," Bruce Rodrigues said in a statement. "Such students needs immediate and meaningful interventions to change their path toward lasting success."

 


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