Backgrounder - McGuinty Government Helping Cornwall-Area Students Succeed

    TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - More Cornwall-area students are achieving their
full potential thanks to three years of more relevant learning choices in high
schools and greater literacy and numeracy support.
    Student achievement is up at the Upper Canada District School Board,
Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, Conseil des écoles
publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario and Conseil scolaire de district catholique de
l'Est ontarien. The number of Grade 3 and 6 students achieving the provincial
standard in reading, writing and math has increased by 13 percentage points
since 2002-03. During the same time, the pass rate on the Grade 10 Ontario
Secondary School Literacy Test has risen from 74 to 84 per cent.
    These achievements and others have been made possible through a $110.6
million funding increase by the McGuinty government since 2002-03. That
represents 16 per cent more for English-language boards and 27 per cent for
French-language boards. Using this investment, the boards have been able to:

    -   Add 127 primary teachers over the past three years to reduce class
        sizes and move Ontario closer to achieving a cap of 20 students per
        primary class.

    -   Add 52 specialist elementary teachers to provide a full range of
        learning including physical education, arts, music and drama.

    -   Repair or replace 12 sets of windows, 78 roofs, 17 boilers and 370
        other projects through the first stage of Good Places to Learn
        funding totaling $34.4 million.

    -   Launch 28 innovative Student Success Lighthouse pilot projects during
        the past three years to help high school students earn credits and
        return to school. Funded through investments totaling just over $3
        million, these projects include a program for First Nations youth at
        risk of dropping out and a house building course to promote skilled
        trades careers.

    -   Create a dual credit program with St. Lawrence College that allows 40
        Grade 11 and 12 students to choose from nine college courses
        including ecology, accounting and marketing.

    -   Add 57 Student Success Teachers who identify and support high school
        students who need extra help to succeed, provide more options for
        learning and monitor student progress.

    -   Eliminate or reduce fees paid to use school facilities by not-for-
        profit community groups, such as the Seaway Valley Theatre and United
        Counties Basketball club.

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public
Inquiries: (416) 325-2929, (800) 387-5514, TTY: (800) 263-2892

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