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
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
—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
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
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