Two Schools in Central Ontario Profiled by EQAO

CENTRAL ONTARIO, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Two of the 15 schools profiled in the Education Quality and Accountability Office's (EQAO's) Provincial Reports, released today, are located in central Ontario: the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board's Mother Teresa Catholic School and the Durham District School Board's Eastdale Collegiate and Vocational Institute. 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)

  • Mother Teresa Catholic School, Walkerton
    "We have very supportive and collaborative staff who care about the overall growth of each student and are willing to work together to provide the best academic, social and spiritual environment for the children. There is a shared belief that all students can achieve high standards, and our staff work with all partners to provide that opportunity."
    Nola Collins, Principal

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

  • Eastdale Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Oshawa
    "Using EQAO and other assessment data helps our staff to increase student achievement. The data enable us to identify the literacy learning gaps so that we can develop programs and strategies across the curriculum to target these gaps and then measure our progress in closing the gaps for our students. However, as powerful as data is, the 'magic' happens in our school when students are inspired by the strong bonds formed through individualized attention from caring teachers."
    Mary Shea, 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.

SOURCE Education Quality and Accountability Office

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