Literacy and Numeracy Strategy

A Solid Foundation

A solid foundation in literacy and numeracy gives students the widest range of choices in school and beyond. When students develop strong reading, writing and math skills early in life, they are less likely to get discouraged and drop out of school later.

That's why the Ontario government is committed to helping students improve their reading, writing and math skills. Our goal is to have 75% of Grade 6 students reaching the provincial standard in reading, writing and math. And we are committed to giving students the resources and supports they need to reach that goal.

Overall achievement results in Grades 3, 6 and 9, as measured by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) show a continuing upward trend, but there is still more work to be done to help students who are working toward meeting the provincial standard – especially among students in English-language schools in mathematics.

That's why Ontario launched the Renewed Mathematics Strategy (RMS) in September 2016. The strategy takes the latest research along with what we have learned from our successful journey in improving literacy achievement and applies that knowledge to support better outcomes in mathematics.