TORONTO, June 13, 2012 /CNW/ - "The OSSLT results provide meaningful
information that lead teachers to become more confident about data and
therefore more open to sharing with each other," said Gloria Krampp,
principal at All Saints Catholic Secondary School in Whitby, when
pointing out the importance of EQAO data as a driver for overall school
improvement. "The EQAO data motivates teachers to teach literacy skills
across the curriculum."
The use of EQAO data by schools and school boards to monitor students'
achievement of curriculum expectations and to identify areas for
improvement in programs has become a hallmark of Ontario's publicly
funded education system. As part of its public reporting of results,
EQAO is once again presenting profiles of schools that are notable for
their success at improving their students' literacy skills, as
demonstrated by rising OSSLT scores over the years.
The following five English-language schools are being profiled this
year: All Saints Catholic Secondary School in Whitby, Burlington
Central High School in Burlington, Catholic Central High School in
London, Centennial Secondary School in Belleville and St. Thomas
Aquinas High School in Kenora. These schools are at various stages of their own journey of learning and are just a
few of the many dedicated schools that can be found right across
Ontario. They are notable for their leadership, data-driven strategies
and whole-school approaches to helping each student succeed. Under
unique circumstances, each one of these schools has adopted an action
plan to work toward improved student outcomes using provincial
assessment results as a guide.
"The profiled schools and their communities should be proud of the
progress they have made, and we are pleased EQAO data and resources
have helped them in their journey," said Marguerite Jackson, EQAO's Chief Executive Officer. "These schools exemplify how powerful
information such as EQAO results in the hands of committed
professionals can lead to great things for young people all across
Educators at these schools share what EQAO test results and other data
have taught them about their students, as well as the innovative
approaches they are using to address their students' needs.
"You absolutely need data to inform your school plan and to drive
instruction, but it is only one piece. The teacher-student relationship
is crucial. At All Saints we are blessed to have staff that look at
data and then translate it into actions that are good for students."
— Gloria Krampp, Principal
"The role of the principal is to provide the latitude and resources that
will enable teachers to utilize their expertise and focus on learning
strategies that contribute to improved student achievement and overall
— Jonathan Shoss, principal
"We have an increasingly diverse community, making it very important
that we work together as a team to reach and engage our students.
Ongoing communication with parents throughout the year has enabled us
to encourage and support our students in understanding that literacy is
a part of every curriculum, not just English and the OSSLT."
— Mark Priamo, principal
"We have a passion for literacy, and teach literacy the same way in
geography as we do in science and in English. We teach literacy skills
to make children successful, not only on the OSSLT, but in all their
— Ian Press, principal
"We use data to influence our classroom instruction and school
improvement planning. Our goal is to have a consistent approach
throughout all subject areas. We study Grades 6, 9 and 10 EQAO data,
school climate surveys, attendance records and classroom marks."
— Paul White, principal
Available on EQAO's Web Site are the full school stories, as well as
stories from schools profiled in previous years. Also available is
EQAO's provincial news release "More Than Eight Out of 10 Ontario Students Develop Required Literacy
Skills by Grade 10" and a backgrounder.
Les résultats des écoles de langue française sont disponibles en
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