Keewatin's St. Louis Separate School, Hymers's Whitefish Valley School and
Kenora's Beaver Brae Secondary School Profiled by EQAO

NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Three of the 18 schools profiled in the Education Quality and Accountability Office's (EQAO) Provincial Report, released today, are located in northwestern Ontario. These schools are at various stages in their own journey of learning but all are representative of the dedicated school communities that can be found right across Ontario. They are notable for their leadership, proactive initiatives, data-driven strategies and whole-school approaches to help every child succeed. These are schools that have adopted an action plan based on their unique circumstances and that work toward improved student outcomes using provincial assessment results to support their own improvement planning.

    -   St. Louis Separate School, Keewatin
        "We find EQAO very valuable. We sit down first with the Grade 3, 6,
        and special education teachers to review, look over the strategies,
        and identify the areas that most need to be addressed for student
        improvement; then we bring it to the whole staff."
        -  Clyde Orr, principal

    -   Whitefish Valley School, Hymers
        "The EQAO data are a driving force. We use them as a foundation, but
        we didn't stress ourselves too much about where we had been. We
        worked on providing the necessary resources, good teaching practices
        and the teamwork necessary to succeed."
        -  Robert Mayer, principal

    -   Beaver Brae Secondary School, Kenora
        "This year our board is using a design-down planning process. We use
        data to help us to plan for this group of students and close
        achievement gaps. We're seeing alignment and focus. We talk about
        precision teaching. We use multiple strategies to deliver the
        -  Katherine MacIver, principal

"Ontario's provincial assessment program isn't just about testing; it's about using evidence to create tools to support effective learning," said Marguerite Jackson, EQAO's Chief Executive Officer. "As the data in our Provincial Report show once again, educators regularly use EQAO results to evaluate their delivery of the provincial curriculum. Of the elementary principals surveyed this year, 94%-virtually all of them-said they used the previous year's results to guide school improvement initiatives. The provincial assessments have become a fundamental resource for educators across Ontario."

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; a whole-school approach to literacy, numeracy and student achievement; small-group learning for literacy and numeracy; differentiated instruction; high-quality teaching; early intervention; tracking of all student progress; parental involvement; the coordination of school and board improvement planning; and implementing Ministry of Education initiatives.

The provincial news release "EQAO Publishes School- and Board-Level Results of Provincial Testing" and a backgrounder are also available.

Results for all publicly funded elementary and secondary schools and their school boards are available at

Les résultats des écoles de langue française sont disponibles en français.

SOURCE Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO)

For further information: For further information: and to arrange interviews, please contact Katia Collette, Communications Officer, (416) 212-7047,

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