Five Schools in the GTA Profiled by EQAO

GREATER TORONTO AREA, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Five of the 15 schools profiled in the Education Quality and Accountability Office's (EQAO's) Provincial Reports, released today, are located in the Greater Toronto Area: the Toronto District School Board's David Lewis Public School and Riverdale Collegiate Institute, the Peel District School Board's Kenollie Public School, the Toronto Catholic District School Board's Neil McNeil Catholic High School and the York Catholic District School Board's St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School. Like all schools being profiled by EQAO this year, they are representative of the many dedicated school communities throughout Ontario. These schools are notable for their leadership, data-driven strategies and whole-school approaches to helping every child succeed. Although faced with their own unique circumstances, each profiled school has adopted an action plan to work toward improved student outcomes using provincial assessment results as a guide.

Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division (Grades 1-3) and Junior Division (Grades 4-6)

  • David Lewis Public School, Toronto
    "Our learners do well at many different things. We give students a lot of opportunities to demonstrate what they can do. Our programming is rich, and we work within our hub and our cluster successfully to prepare our students for secondary school. The EQAO data illustrates our success."
    Karen Peach, principal

  • Kenollie Public School, Mississauga
    "We have great information from EQAO. We recognize that it is not just student achievement numbers that are important. Although moving students from Level 2 to 3 is a key indicator, we also look at the demographic and perceptions data. All teachers look to the results to shape our programming and instruction."
    Shawn Sabourin, principal

Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics

  • Neil McNeil Catholic High School, Toronto
    "We're getting at the core of what is the essential job of a school. It's really about kids and their development from the minute they get to the door to the minute they graduate."
    Michael Wallace, principal

  • St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School, Woodbridge
    "We feel that it's important to create an environment that is collaborative, where people are using data and learning from data…We are here to serve, and the best way to serve is to have an openness to learn."
    —Romolo Villani, principal

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

  • Riverdale Collegiate Institute, Toronto
    "We can use the EQAO OSSLT data to find gaps that we can remediate, but we must not overlook our successes. We must look at what we are doing well. We have teachers that are doing remarkable things in reasonable and doable ways, and we can take the techniques and strategies that they are using and apply them in other subject areas."
    —Kenn Harvey, principal

"We are pleased to profile in our provincial reports a number of schools from across the province that are using EQAO and other data to determine areas of focus for their improvement plans," said Marguerite Jackson, EQAO's Chief Executive Officer. "It's evident in their stories that each of these schools has made a firm commitment to evidence-based decision making in support of student progress. Profiling these schools in this way will offer ideas and inspiration to other school communities across the province."

Some of the common factors that the profiled schools have identified in addressing the literacy and numeracy needs of students are professional learning communities; data-driven decision making; a whole-school approach to literacy, numeracy and student achievement; small-group learning for literacy and numeracy; differentiated instruction; high-quality teaching; early intervention; tracking of all student progress; parental involvement; the coordination of school and board improvement planning and the implementation of Ministry of Education initiatives.

The provincial news release "EQAO Releases School and Board Achievement Results and Profiles 15 Schools" and a backgrounder are also available.

Results for all publicly funded elementary and secondary schools and their school boards are available at www.eqao.com.

SOURCE Education Quality and Accountability Office

For further information:

and to arrange interviews, please contact
Katia Collette
Communications Officer
416-212-7047
katia.collette@eqao.com

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