NORTHEASTERN ONTARIO, Sept. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - "Data is used to inform
classroom instruction and to know the student. Data is reviewed on an
ongoing basis and is part of our daily life at school," said Carmela
Pitman, principal at the Sudbury Catholic District School Board's St.
Andrew Catholic School, discussing EQAO data as a tool for supporting
student success. "It allows us to identify the trends throughout our
school and helps us focus on various points in the curriculum. But,
most importantly, data allows us to put a plan in place and shows us
how to action it for improved student achievement."
St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School is one of two schools in
northeastern Ontario being profiled in the Education Quality and
Accountability Office's (EQAO's) Provincial Reports, released today, due to their committed efforts toward improving
student achievement. The second school is the Near North District
School Board's Parry Sound High School. The 27 schools being profiled
this year are notable for their leadership, data-driven strategies and
whole-school approaches to helping every child succeed. Although faced
with its 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)
St. Andrew Catholic School, Sudbury
"Data is used to inform classroom instruction and to know the student.
Data is reviewed on an ongoing basis and is part of our daily life at
school. It allows us to identify the trends throughout our school and
helps us focus on various points in the curriculum. But, most
importantly, data allows us to put a plan in place and shows us how to
action it for improved student achievement."
—Carmela Pitman, principal
Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics
Parry Sound High School, Parry Sound
"Data identifies trends, clusters and individuals. You can't make
changes in your school if you are not informed. The data informs you.
It tells you where your strengths and weaknesses are. It's that
—Andy Gagné, principal
"EQAO results not only help schools identify areas of student learning
that need attention, they also help them gauge the effectiveness of
their improvement efforts," said Marguerite Jackson, EQAO's Chief Executive Officer. "The schools being profiled this year
will surely inspire other schools and their communities across the
Some of the common factors in addressing the literacy and numeracy needs
of students that the profiled schools have identified 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
The provincial news release "Ontario Students Demonstrate High Proficiency in Literacy. Success in
Math Not Keeping Pace" and a backgrounder are also available.
Results for all publicly funded elementary and secondary schools and
their school boards are available on EQAO's web site.
Les résultats des écoles de langue française sont disponibles en
SOURCE: Education Quality and Accountability Office
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