Huntsville's Riverside Public School Profiled by EQAO



    CENTRAL ONTARIO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Today the Education Quality and
Accountability Office (EQAO) published Ontario Student Achievement: EQAO's
Provincial Report on the Results of the 2007-2008 Primary Division (Grades
1-3) and Junior Division (Grades 4-6) Assessments, and the Grade 9 Assessment
of Mathematics.
    One of the nine schools profiled for their success in the Provincial
Report is located in central Ontario. It is representative of the many schools
across the province that have been successful at improving their students'
achievement in reading, writing and mathematics and maintaining these gains
over time.
    These profiled schools share the strategies they use to improve student
achievement, so that teachers, principals and school boards across Ontario can
learn from their successful practices. Key among their strategies is the use
of EQAO and other data for evidence-based planning for their students.

    
    -   Riverside Public School, Huntsville

        Throughout the year, data from various sources, including those
        generated by EQAO, in-class assessments and other educational tools
        are collected and organized. We then use these data to create a
        school improvement plan that will drive our instruction practices.

        David Crawford, principal
    

    "Over the years, the analysis of EQAO results has become an integral part
of improvement planning at the school and board levels," said Marguerite
Jackson, EQAO's Chief Executive Officer. "Along with classroom results and
other data, EQAO results provide important information about student
achievement and help school communities celebrate their progress and identify
areas for improvement."
    By logging on to EQAO's Web site, www.eqao.com, school communities across
the province are able to see the results of their collective efforts to
improve student learning in the fundamental disciplines of reading, writing
and mathematics.
    Some of the common themes that schools identify as factors in addressing
the literacy and numeracy needs of students are professional learning
communities; data-driven decision making; cross-panel dialogue; a whole-school
approach to literacy, numeracy and student achievement; small-group learning
for language and mathematics; one-student-at-a-time strategies; high-quality
teaching; parental involvement; the coordination of school and board
improvement planning and the implementation of Ministry of Education
initiatives.
    Results for all publicly funded elementary and secondary schools and
school boards in Ontario are available at www.eqao.com.

    The provincial news release "EQAO RELEASES ASSESSMENT RESULTS FOR EVERY
SCHOOL AND BOARD/Six questions every parent or guardian should be asking" and
backgrounder are also available.

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





For further information:

For further information: and to arrange interviews, please contact Katia
Collette, Communications Officer, (416) 212-7047, katia.collette@eqao.com

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