Barrie's St. Peter's Secondary School Profiled for Literacy Success

    CENTRAL ONTARIO, June 10 /CNW/ - The Education Quality and Accountability
Office (EQAO) has selected Barrie's St. Peter's Secondary School as one of six
publicly-funded high schools of the hundreds across Ontario to profile in the
Provincial Report on the Results of the 2008-2009 Ontario Secondary School
Literacy Test (OSSLT). The profiled schools are noted for their success at
raising their students' literacy skills, as demonstrated by improved OSSLT
scores over the years. In the report, staff members from St. Peter's discuss
what the results of EQAO's testing and other data have taught them about their
students, and the innovative approaches they are using to address their
students' needs.

    St. Peter's Secondary School, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School
    Board, Barrie

    St. Peter's Secondary School in Barrie serves a geographical region with
boundaries that extend to include the town of Innisfil. Many of the 1138
students in Grades 9-12 in this stable primarily-English-speaking commuter
community are bused to school. The gender split is even, and the number of
students requiring special-education services is consistent with the
provincial average.
    While improving literacy skills has long been a major focus at St.
Peter's, the Literacy Committee is now venturing beyond the English and
special-education classrooms and expanding the scope of literacy to include
all subjects. Teachers use EQAO data frequently in conjunction with other
student success results and credit accumulation data when goals related to
curriculum are set. Certainly, the decision to establish a school-wide
concentration on writing skills this year was data-driven as are most
decisions about school improvement.
    "We identify issues and create a plan of intervention to tackle them. We
are doing whatever the kids need when they need it." Robert Bolton, principal
    Over the past several months, EQAO staff visited a number of Ontario's
secondary schools. It was clear to these representatives that educators are
regularly using the results from EQAO testing as a reference point to identify
students in need of support. EQAO's reliable and accurate data support
continuous improvement in schools and boards and in individual students.
    The proactive identification of at-risk students, the alignment and
integration of literacy-focused curricula at both the elementary and the
secondary levels, and a literacy focus across all subject areas are just some
of the strategies that schools across Ontario are using to ensure the success
of their students.
    Today, EQAO published Ontario-wide school- and board-level results from
the 2008-2009 OSSLT on its Web site. School communities from across the
province are able to see the results of their efforts to improve the literacy
skills of their students at
    EQAO's Provincial Report and other information are also available online

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For further information: and to arrange interviews, please contact Katia
Collette, Communications Officer, (416) 212-7047,

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