The good news is Ontario elementary school students appear to be growing more proficient in literacy.
But the bad news is math skills are not getting a passing grade compared to some of the high school students, according to the newest Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) results.
The most recent EQAO numbers showed a sad outlook for elementary and applied Grade 9 mathematics.
A decrease was noted in Grade six math to 58 per cent from 61 per cent of students who are meeting or exceeding the provincial standard in the last five years, with no change in results for third graders in the last five years.
Though the Grade 9 applied mathematics have increased by 10 per cent, the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the provincial standing is just 44 per cent.
There is more good news, however.
High school students in academic mathematics have improved by nine percentage points to 84 per cent over the last five years.
Ontario students are also exceeding in literacy with improvements of five percentage points in Grade 3 reading to 66 per cent (of students meeting or exceeding provincial standards) and 10 percentage points in Grade 3 writing to 76 percent over the last five years.