One School in Northwestern Ontario Profiled by EQAO

NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - One of the 15 schools profiled in the Education Quality and Accountability Office's (EQAO's) Provincial Reports, released today, is located in northwestern Ontario: the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board's Pinewood Public School. Like all schools being profiled by EQAO this year, Pinewood Public School is representative of the many dedicated school communities throughout Ontario. This school is notable for its 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)

  • Pinewood Public School, Dryden
    "A positive impact on student achievement must begin with an examination of data that informs instruction, and subsequently guides school improvement planning."
    —Max Bernauer, 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.

Les résultats des écoles de langue française sont disponibles en français.

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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