Ontario's Top-Performing School Boards Measured by Student Achievement: C.D. Howe Institute

    TORONTO, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - A group of 13 school boards in Ontario lead the
way in terms of student achievement at their schools, according to a report
released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Heads of the Class: A
Comparison of Ontario School Boards by Student Achievement," Professor David
Johnson identifies the school boards in Ontario that are clearly better than
average compared with other boards. He also identifies 10 school boards that
are clearly worse than average.
    While Professor Johnson's previous work provided a method to evaluate and
compare individual school performance based on student achievement, this study
focuses on evaluating the performance of entire school boards. As a starting
point, it employs data provided by Ontario's standardized test results in
reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 and 6. Professor Johnson's method
adjusts these test scores to remove the influence of a school's socio-economic
characteristics to more accurately capture the role of teachers and
administrators in student achievement at a school.
    "Thirteen boards are clearly better than average in terms of operating
schools where student achievement is more likely to be higher" remarked
Professor Johnson, a Professor of Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University and
Education Policy Scholar at the C.D. Howe Institute. "On the other hand there
were 10 boards with below-average student achievement. These boards should be
examined further to identify what they are doing right or wrong."
    The report is available at: http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/ebrief_61.pdf

For further information:

For further information: David Johnson, Professor of Economics, Wilfrid
Laurier University, (705) 377-7230; Benjamin Dachis, Policy Analyst, (416)
865-1904, C.D. Howe Institute

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