Brantford's Assumption College School Profiled for Literacy Success

    SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO, June 10 /CNW/ - The Education Quality and
Accountability Office (EQAO) has selected Brantford's Assumption College
School as one of six publicly-funded high schools of the hundreds across
Ontario to profile in its 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
Assumption College School 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.

    Assumption College School, Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District
    School Board, Brantford

    Assumption College School serves 1500 students in Grades 9 through 12 and
faces many challenges. During the past five years, external forces, such as
new development in the region, one nearby school closure and ongoing
renovations at another school, have contributed to a burgeoning student
population. As a result, a disproportionate number of incoming students come
from sources other than Assumption's officially designated feeder schools.
    At Assumption, EQAO data are used extensively as a diagnostic tool to
identify areas of need and to plan strategies to improve student success. The
board has helped by providing a literacy consultant to assist teachers in
these measures. The school's Literacy Team views the EQAO Web site as an
invaluable resource and encourages teachers to use its exemplars as guides for
curriculum discussion and evaluation.
    "My staff takes ownership of student needs and administers to them
collectively through exceptional programming and exemplary teaching
practices." Robert Campbell, 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 collective efforts to improve
the literacy skills of their students at
    EQAO's provincial report and other information are also available online

For further information:

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

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