The Education Quality and Accountability Office, or EQAO, ensures greater accountability and better quality in Ontario’s publicly funded school system. An arm’s-length agency of the provincial government, EQAO provides parents, teachers and the public with accurate and reliable information about student achievement. Schools routinely consider EQAO data along with other information to support student success.
Students in all publicly-funded schools in Ontario are required to write the provincial EQAO assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics in Grades 3 and 6, while students who take Grade 9 Applied or Academic Mathematics are required to write the provincial assessment at the end of their semester of study. The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) measures whether or not students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9. Successful completion of the literacy test is one of the requirements to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Results are highlighted in the graphs below. For students in the LDSB there has been a drop in achievement across all levels. Despite these reductions, Limestone students have sustained gains in key areas including those with special needs, and students in Grade 9 and 10 who previously did not meet the provincial standards in Grade 6 writing and math.
LDSB students with special needs continue to exceed the provincial average in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). In 2016, Limestone students with special needs achieved a 49% success rate, 5% higher than the provincial average. The proportion of students with special needs in Limestone remains 13% higher than the average for the province.
Provincially math is a challenge, and the LDSB will continue to make math teaching and learning a priority among staff and students. Although the implementation of some strategies for improving math scores were delayed due to job action last year, the Board remains committed to improving students’ understanding and proficiency in math in Limestone.
About our District
The Limestone District School Board offers elementary and secondary students an education that is enriched with diverse program choices and activities to complement curriculum requirements while supporting achievement, well being and the overall success of every student.
The Board’s district serves almost 20,000 students across 70 schools and centres covering a geographic area of 7,719 square kilometres across the City of Kingston, the Townships of Central Frontenac, North Frontenac, South Frontenac, Addington Highlands, Loyalist, Stone Mills, the Frontenac Islands and the Town of Greater Napanee.
Board sites/schools: 70
• Elementary schools: 51
• Secondary schools: 11
• Alternative learning centres: 8
Students: 19,958 (as of October 2015)
Elementary students: 13,064
• Elementary (full-time equivalents): 10,737
• Elementary French Immersion students: 2,327
• Secondary (full-time equivalents): 6,894
Self-identified First Nation, Métis & Inuit students: 574
• Elementary: 300
• Secondary: 274
Students whose first language is neither English, nor French: 220
Employees: 3,201 (as of January 2016)
• Elementary: 839
• Secondary: 554
Occasional (Supply) Teachers: 476
Principals & Vice-Principals: 98
Administrative and Support Staff: 803
(includes senior management, educational assistants, early childhood educators, student support personnel, continuing education staff, office coordinators, clerks, caretakers and maintenance staff)