Glossary


Achieving the provincial standard
The percentage of students in the specified grade who met or exceeded the provincial standard on the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) test in the specified year. The provincial standard is equivalent to a "B."

Change in Grade 3 or Grade 6 reading, writing and math achievement over three years (three-year trend)
The increase or decrease (in percentage points) of students achieving the provincial standard from 2013-14 to 2015-16.

Change in Grade 9 math achievement over three years (three-year trend)
The increase or decrease (in percentage points) of students achieving the provincial standard from 2013-14 to 2015-16.

Change in literacy achievement over three years (three-year trend)
The increase or decrease (in percentage points) of students achieving the provincial standard from 2013-14 to 2015-16.

Class Sizes (JK to Grade 3)
Percentage of primary classes with 20 and/or 23 students, excluding grade 3/4 combined classes.

Note: The government’s full-day kindergarten (FDK) program is not included in primary class size calculations because unlike other primary classes, they have two educators – one teacher and one early childhood educator – in the classroom.

EQAO
EQAO (The Education Quality and Accountability Office) is an arm's-length agency of the provincial government that administers provincial, pan-Canadian and international assessments in elementary and secondary schools. EQAO’s assessments provide information about student achievement that teachers and parents can use to improve learning for all students.

First language is not English
The percentage of the student population whose first spoken language is not English.

First language is not French
The percentage of the student population whose first spoken language is not French.

Gifted
The percentage of the student population that has been identified as gifted.

Literacy: First-Time Eligible
The percentage of students who passed the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) on their first attempt when they were in Grade 10.

Living in low-income households
The estimated percentage of children who attend the school and whose families devote a larger share of income to basic necessities – food, shelter and clothing – than the average family.

This is calculated using postal code data collected by the school and cross-referenced with Statistics Canada data about income from the Tax Filer (T1 Family File).

Please visit the Statistics Canada website for information about their data and methodology and to view a  NHS data accuracy statement. The Statistics Canada website also has information about linking of postal code data and standard  NHS geographic areas.

NA: Not available. Data is not available due to these reasons:

  • For privacy reasons, student achievement and student population information is not shown for schools with fewer than 50 students.
  • For privacy reasons, student achievement information is not shown if fewer than 10 students particpated in the assessment. Please see the Notice of Indirect Collection FAQs for more information: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/about/faqs.html
  • Student population information is not available if the school board has not collected and provided the data to the ministry.
  • EQAO data is not available for schools that experienced labour disruptions in 2014-15 affecting their participation, especially for English-language school boards.

New to Canada from a non-English speaking country
The percentage of students who, within the last four years, moved to Canada from a country other than Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand or the United States.

New to Canada from a non-French speaking country
The percentage of students who, within the last four years, moved to Canada from a country other than Belgium, Benin, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, France, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Laos, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Republic of Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Niger, Romania, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, St. Lucia, Switzerland, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Vanuatu or Vietnam.

Parents have some university education
The estimated percentage of children who attend the school and who have at least one parent whose highest certificate, diploma or degree is from a university.

This is calculated using postal code data collected by the school and cross-referenced with Statistics Canada data about education from the2011 NHS.

Please visit the Statistics Canada website for information about their data and methodology and to view a census data accuracy statement. The Statistics Canada website also has information about linking of postal code data and standard  NHS geographic areas.

Province (aggregate results)
The corresponding result for a particular data item when looking at the whole province.

The results are broken down into English and French for achievement data since a different test is administered in each language.

Special education services
The percentage of the student population who are in special education programs or receive special education services. This includes students with identified and non-identified exceptionalities, but excludes students identified as gifted.

Student population
Information that is currently gathered by the Ministry of Education and that has been shown to be related to student achievement. Information about student population provides a richer profile of a school, and helps put other school information into context.

Note: The information in the School Information Finder is the most current available to the Ministry of Education at this time, as reported by schools, school boards, EQAO and Statistics Canada. The information is updated as frequently as possible.