The agency which administers standardized assessments in the province says math scores among public elementary students have been dropping over the last five years, indicating government efforts to reverse the trend have not worked.
In its annual report, the Education Quality and Accountability Office says a strategy implemented by the previous Liberal regime appears to have failed.
According to the E-Q-A-O data, 49 per cent of Grade 6 students met the provincial math standard last school year, down from 54 per cent in 2013-2014.
Among Grade 3 students, the E-Q-A-O says 61 per cent met the provincial standard in 2017-2018, down from 67 per cent in 2013-2014.
Education Minister Lisa Thompson calls the results “unacceptable,” adding that the new Progressive Conservative government has refocused 55-million dollars of current math resources to help with teacher training in the subject area.