TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - The Ottawa-Carleton School District School Board's Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School (Nepean) and Ottawa Catholic District School Board's Holy Trinity Catholic High School (Kanata) are being profiled in the Education Quality and Accountability Office's (EQAO's) Provincial Secondary School Report, released today, for their committed efforts and success improving student achievement.
Thirteen secondary schools across the province are being profiled this year. Each has been identified because of the notable improvement in its EQAO results over time. Each school team has shared how EQAO and other data have been used to guide instructional programs, which in turn have helped improve the literacy and numeracy skills of students.
"Data enhances the evidence gathered by teachers about student achievement and identifies groups of students who require targeted intervention. Data tells us that what we are doing is working and that we are achieving our goal of moving students from one level to another using a consistent approach."
— Patsy Agard, Principal, Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School
"We use data to help target students so they can be more successful. Data sets the tone for all our meetings and helps us to roll out our action plan. It has become the credibility piece for staff and shows us where we need to go. Every single year there is a team of caring people helping our students be successful. We cannot take our results for granted."
— Jennifer Oake, Principal, Holy Trinity High School
"The schools being profiled demonstrate significant progress in supporting student achievement. They have used EQAO data, alongside in-school evidence, in planning improvements to their programs and teaching practices. These particular schools are seeing positive results in student achievement as a result of their efforts. I trust that these stories will serve as an inspiration to other school communities across the province."
— Bruce Rodrigues, Chief Executive Officer, EQAO
Visit www.eqao.com for the following:
Infographic: EQAO Provincial Assessments 2014
EQAO's assessments measure student achievement in reading, writing and mathematics in relation to Ontario Curriculum expectations. The resulting data provide accountability and a gauge of quality in Ontario's publicly funded education system. By providing this important evidence about learning, EQAO acts as a catalyst for increasing the success of Ontario students.
The objective and reliable results from EQAO's assessments complement the information obtained from classroom and other assessments to provide students, parents, teachers and administrators with a clear and comprehensive picture of student achievement and a basis for targeted improvement planning at the individual, school, school board and provincial levels. EQAO helps build capacity for the appropriate use of data by providing resources that educators, parents, policy-makers and others in the education community can use to improve learning and teaching. EQAO distributes an individual report to each student who writes an assessment, and posts school, school board and provincial results on its Web site.
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SOURCE: Education Quality and Accountability Office
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