EQAO releases assessment results for every school and board

    Six questions every parent or guardian should be asking

    TORONTO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Today the Education Quality and Accountability
Office (EQAO) released full reports on its assessments for each school and
school board across the province. Parents and guardians can view their
school's report at EQAO's Web site, www.eqao.com, and use the information in
it to answer the six key questions outlined below.
    "Our children have the most to gain when parents and guardians are active
and informed partners in their education and achievement," said Dr. Brian
Desbiens, Chair of EQAO's Board of Directors. "Over the years, EQAO assessment
results have driven conversations between schools and families and have helped
school communities set goals for their students and celebrate their
    "It's important to consider a school's results in light of its unique
circumstances," added Marguerite Jackson, EQAO's Chief Executive Officer.
"We're pleased to provide these six questions as a tool to help parents and
guardians understand the results in the appropriate context."

    1.  What percentage of my school's students have met the provincial
        standard in reading, writing and/or math?
    2.  What has the school's trend been in each of these subjects over the
        past five years?
    3.  If there is no clear trend in my school's results, is it because only
        a small number of students are writing the test each year?
           For example, if only 10 students wrote the test in a given year, a
           single student can be the difference between the school showing
           60% and 70% of students meeting the standard.
    4.  How do the trends and current results of my school compare to those
        of my school board and the province?
    5.  How do my school's demographics compare to those of the school board
        or the province?
           Every school is unique, and you should evaluate your school's
           results in the context of its distinctive student population.
           Demographic information included in EQAO school reports allows you
           to understand the results and characteristics of your school in
           relation to those of the board and the province as a whole.
    6.  What is my school's improvement plan for reading, writing and math?
           This should be part of the ongoing discussions within the school
           community. Parents and guardians are encouraged to ask about the
           school improvement plan their school is required to submit to the
           school board.

    These six questions are available on EQAO's Web site in 21 languages:
Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Korean,
Ojibway, Ojicree, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog,
Tamil, Ukrainian, Urdu and Vietnamese.
    EQAO released school and board reports for the 2008 Assessments of
Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division (Grades 1-3) and Junior
Division (Grades 4-6), and the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics. It has also
published a comprehensive provincial report, which provides contextual data, a
summary of findings and strategies for educators. The provincial report
profiles the following nine successful schools:

    School                         Board                           City
    Arklan Community              Upper Canada DSB          Carleton Place
     Public School
    Divine Mercy CES              York Catholic DSB         Maple
    Fort Frances High School      Rainy River DSB           Fort Frances
    Pinewood Public School        Algoma DSB                Sault Ste. Marie
    Riverside Public School       Trillium Lakelands DSB    Huntsville
    Sacred Heart High School      Ottawa Catholic DSB       Stittsville
    St. Joseph's Separate School  Northwest Catholic DSB    Dryden
    St. Mary's College            Huron-Superior            Sault Ste. Marie
                                   Catholic DSB
    St. Simon Stock               Dufferin-Peel             Mississauga
     Elementary School             Catholic DSB

    During the week of September 22-26, schools will receive an Individual
Student Report (ISR) for each student who participated in an assessment.
Schools will send ISRs home to parents and guardians.

    NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: Answers to the first five of EQAO's 6 questions
    can be found in the school reports on EQAO's Web site, www.eqao.com.
    Images are available here
    http://www.eqao.com/pdf_e/08/EQAO_6QAPJ_0908_images.pdf for download
    showing where in the report this information can be found.

    Question 6 should be part of the ongoing discussions in the school
community. Parents and guardians are encouraged to ask about the improvement
plan their school is required to submit to the school board.

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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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