Brampton's Turner Fenton Secondary School Profiled for Literacy Success

    GREATER TORONTO AREA, June 11 /CNW/ - Of the hundreds of publicly funded
schools across Ontario, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO)
has selected Brampton's Turner Fenton Secondary School as one of three schools
to profile in the Provincial Report on the Results of the 2007-2008 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 from Turner Fenton
discuss what the results of EQAO's testing and other data have taught them
about their students, and the innovative approaches staff are using to address
their students' needs.

    Turner Fenton Secondary School, Peel District School Board, Brampton

    Turner Fenton Secondary School in Brampton is a school at which any child
can be accommodated, regardless of ability or interest, thanks to the myriad
of learning opportunities it offers. The parents of the 2250 students at this
ethnically diverse school were born in 43 different countries. Turner Fenton's
community encompasses a wide socio-economic range.
    Student needs are paramount at Turner Fenton. After examining the data
from EQAO's and the school's own assessments, Turner Fenton staff found that
both reading and writing were areas of concern for their student population.
As a result, the staff re-examined, through their professional learning
community, the skill sets that they teach to their students and how these
skills fit into the curriculum.
    "The skills that EQAO is asking for are already embedded in the
curriculum. We should role-model them everywhere naturally. They should come
very naturally. They shouldn't have to be identified separately." Bob Garton,
    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 supports
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 2007-2008 OSSLT on its Web site. School communities from across the
province are able to see the results of their collective 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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