Delhi and Stratford High Schools Profiled for Literacy Success

    Delhi DSS and St. Michael Catholic SS serve as models

    SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO, June 13 /CNW/ - Of the hundreds of publicly funded
schools across Ontario, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO)
has selected 12 to profile in the Provincial Report on the Results of the
2006-2007 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Two of these schools
are in the southwestern region. They are noted for their success at raising
their students' literacy skills, as demonstrated by improved student OSSLT
scores over the years. In the report, staff from Delhi High School in Delhi
and St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in Stratford 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.

    Delhi Secondary School, Delhi

    In the fall of 2005, Delhi SS engaged in the Assessment for Improvement
Project (AIP), which focused on using EQAO data to inform instruction and
student learning. AIP integrated existing literacy programs and the
cross-curricular approach to literacy already implemented in the school. "EQAO
focuses on specific skill sets rather than (merely asking) 'Can they read?' or
'Can they write?' It's easier to assess whether students have achieved mastery
or not," says Shayne Mann, principal.

    St. Michael Catholic Secondary School, Stratford

    Staff noticed that students with Individual Education Plans who did not
use the accommodations available to them underperformed on the OSSLT. Staff
offered training on the assistive technology to unsuccessful test writers to
facilitate the use of these supports in the classroom and for assessments.
They also administered practice tests to all students. "Sometimes students are
reluctant to take the accommodations to which they are entitled, but they
change their mind after we talk to them and explain that we've found that
students who have used accommodations have met with success," says Tim
Doherty, principal.
    Over the past several months EQAO staff visited approximately 70 of
Ontario's secondary schools, and it's clear that educators are regularly using
the results from EQAO testing as a reference point to identify students in
need of support. The reliable and accurate data from EQAO supports continuous
improvement in schools and boards and for individual students.
    Proactive identification of at-risk students, aligning and integrating
literacy-focused curriculum at both the elementary and the secondary levels,
and ensuring 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 2006-2007 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 on
    EQAO's provincial report and other information are available online at

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