Dryden's St. Joseph's Separate School and Fort Frances's Fort Frances High School Profiled by EQAO

    NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Today the Education Quality and
Accountability Office (EQAO) published Ontario Student Achievement: EQAO's
Provincial Report on the Results of the 2007-2008 Primary Division (Grades
1-3) and Junior Division (Grades 4-6) Assessments, and the Grade 9 Assessment
of Mathematics.
    Two of the nine schools profiled for their success in the Provincial
Report are located in northwestern Ontario. They are representative of the
many schools across the province that have been successful at improving their
students' achievement in reading, writing and mathematics and maintaining
these gains over time.
    These profiled schools share the strategies they use to improve student
achievement, so that teachers, principals and school boards across Ontario can
learn from their successful practices. Key among their strategies is the use
of EQAO and other data for evidence-based planning for their students.

    The two profiled schools from the northwestern region are

    -   St. Joseph's Separate School, Dryden

        Student data - such as EQAO data, classroom results or other running
        records - allow staff to see specific trends in student achievement
        and have become a valuable tool that facilitates a focus on specific
        areas where students need improvement. For three years, reading was
        the focus. Although improving math practices was also on the radar
        last year, writing was the main focus.

        Mark Lugli, acting principal

    -   Fort Frances High School, Fort Frances

        Using the EQAO data and other classroom results, we were able to
        identify students who were struggling and provide the necessary
        interventions. In addition, our teachers enhanced their classroom
        teaching practices to accommodate the varying learning styles of our

        Gordon McCabe, principal

    "Over the years, the analysis of EQAO results has become an integral part
of improvement planning at the school and board levels," said Marguerite
Jackson, EQAO's Chief Executive Officer. "Along with classroom results and
other data, EQAO results provide important information about student
achievement and help school communities celebrate their progress and identify
areas for improvement."
    By logging on to EQAO's Web site, www.eqao.com, school communities across
the province are able to see the results of their collective efforts to
improve student learning in the fundamental disciplines of reading, writing
and mathematics.
    Some of the common themes that schools identify as factors in addressing
the literacy and numeracy needs of students are professional learning
communities; data-driven decision making; cross-panel dialogue; a whole-school
approach to literacy, numeracy and student achievement; small-group learning
for language and mathematics; one-student-at-a-time strategies; high-quality
teaching; parental involvement; the coordination of school and board
improvement planning and the implementation of Ministry of Education
    Results for all publicly funded elementary and secondary schools and
school boards in Ontario are available at www.eqao.com.

SCHOOL AND BOARD/Six questions every parent or guardian should be asking" and
backgrounder are also available.

    Les résultats des écoles de langue française sont disponibles en

For further information:

For further information: and to arrange interviews, please contact Katia
Collette, Communications Officer, (416) 212-7047, katia.collette@eqao.com

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