TORONTO, June 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Today the Education Quality and
Accountability Office (EQAO) released school- and board-level results
from the 2010-2011 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). As part of this public reporting, EQAO is once again presenting
profiles of schools that are notable for their success at raising their
students' literacy skills, as demonstrated by improved OSSLT scores
over the years. The three English-language schools being profiled this
year are Arnprior District High School in Arnprior, Eastdale Collegiate
and Vocational Institute in Oshawa and Riverdale Collegiate Institute
These schools are at various stages in their own journey of learning and are just a
few of the many dedicated schools that can be found right across
Ontario. They are notable for their leadership, data-driven strategies
and whole-school approaches to helping each student succeed. Based on
unique circumstances, each one of these schools has adopted an action
plan to work toward improved student outcomes using provincial
assessment results as a guide.
"EQAO results allow school communities to celebrate their successes and
identify students in need of support," said Marguerite Jackson, EQAO's
Chief Executive Officer. "Used in conjunction with other classroom and
board data, EQAO results help complete the picture of student learning
and have, over the years, become a catalyst for improved student
achievement and an essential tool that educators across the province
Staff members at these schools have discussed 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.
Arnprior District High School, Arnprior
"EQAO data either reaffirms what you have been doing or makes you
rethink what you have to do, what direction you have to take."
—Neil Farmer, principal
Eastdale Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Oshawa
"Using EQAO and other assessment data helps our staff to increase
student achievement. The data enable us to identify the literacy
learning gaps so that we can develop programs and strategies across the
curriculum to target these gaps and then measure our progress in
closing the gaps for our students. However, as powerful as data is, the
'magic' happens in our school when students are inspired by the strong
bonds formed through individualized attention from caring teachers."
—Mary Shea, principal
Riverdale Collegiate Institute, Toronto
"We can use the EQAO OSSLT data to find gaps that we can remediate, but
we must not overlook our successes. We must look at what we are doing
well. We have teachers that are doing remarkable things in reasonable
and doable ways, and we can take the techniques and strategies that
they are using and apply them in other subject areas."
—Kenn Harvey, principal
The full school stories as well as those of other previously profiled
schools can be found at www.eqao.com.
The proactive identification of students in need of additional support,
the alignment and integration of literacy-focused curricula at the
elementary and the secondary levels and a literacy focus in all subject
areas are just some of the strategies that schools across Ontario are
using to ensure the success of their students.
The provincial news release "Ontario Schools and School Boards Get Their
Results from the 2011 Literacy Test" and a backgrounder are also
Results for all publicly funded secondary schools and their school
boards are available at www.eqao.com.
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