Norah Marsh Appointed New CEO of EQAO

CEO to lead the modernization of EQAO assessments

TORONTO, June 28, 2017 /CNW/ - Dave Cooke, Chair of the Education Quality and Accountability Office's (EQAO) Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the appointment of Norah Marsh to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective August 1, 2017.

Ms. Marsh is currently the Associate Director of Education at Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB).

A passionate advocate for public education, Ms. Marsh has fostered positive learning environments and developed strategies to improve student achievement and well-being throughout her career. She has served in Ontario's public education system for more than 26 years as a Teacher, Department Head, Vice-Principal, Principal, Superintendent and Associate Director of Education.

At EQAO, a top priority for Ms. Marsh will be to lead the modernization of the agency's assessment program, to ensure that EQAO can continue to fulfil its mandate and independently generate reliable data about Ontario's public education system.

Quick Facts

  • Ms. Marsh's career began as an English teacher with the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) in Kingston. In this role, she designed a range of innovative programs to increase student engagement and foster student voice. As a secondary school principal, she worked closely with school staff to create cultures of high expectation for student success. As a superintendent with LDSB and in her current position at OCDSB, she promoted strategies to strengthen student achievement and well-being.
  • Ms. Marsh has a track-record of leadership and collaboration within provincial organizations, having served as the President of the Ontario Public Supervisory Officers' Association, Chair of the Institute of Educational Leadership, and Chair of the Eastern Ontario Staff Development Association.
  • Ms. Marsh has extensive experience working with children in at-risk situations, and addressing matters of equity and inclusivity in education.
  • EQAO's previous CEO, Bruce Rodrigues, was appointed Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education in October 2016. EQAO's Director, Assessment, Dr. Richard Jones, has been acting as Interim CEO.
  • EQAO is an independent agency of the Government of Ontario that administers large-scale assessments to measure Ontario students' achievement in literacy and math at key stages of their education. The agency also provides attitudinal data on students' learning habits and perceptions of themselves as learners, to help understand some of the factors that affect student achievement. EQAO assessments are developed by Ontario educators and they are based on The Ontario Curriculum. EQAO data contribute to continuous improvement and accountability within the education system.

Quotes

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am thrilled to introduce Norah Marsh as EQAO's new Chief Executive Officer. Norah is a strong leader in Ontario's education community and I know her appointment today will be welcomed by educators across the province. Throughout her career, Norah has shown tremendous dedication to helping students succeed. With her experience and collaborative approach, Norah will ensure that EQAO continues to provide information that can help educators and policy-makers to improve student success in Ontario. I thank Richard Jones for acting as Interim CEO. Richard has provided steady leadership during this transition period and we very much appreciate his commitment to public education in Ontario."—Dave Cooke, Chair, EQAO

"EQAO plays an important role in our province, and I am honoured and excited to be joining the agency's team of dedicated professionals. Schools and school boards across Ontario look at EQAO's information as they seek to improve student outcomes. I look forward to leading the work of the agency in modernizing EQAO assessments, in the interest of contributing to continuous improvement in Ontario's education system."—Norah Marsh, Chief Executive Officer, EQAO

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SOURCE Education Quality and Accountability Office

For further information: Mark Ruban, Manager, Communications and Public Affairs, 416-325-2230, mark.ruban@eqao.com

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