Terrace Bay's Lake Superior High School Profiled for Literacy Success

    NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO, June 10 /CNW/ - The Education Quality and
Accountability Office (EQAO) has selected Terrace Bay's Lake Superior High
School as one of six publicly-funded high schools of the hundreds across
Ontario to profile in the Provincial Report on the Results of the 2008-2009
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). The profiled schools are noted
for their success at raising their students' literacy skills, as demonstrated
by improved OSSLT scores over the years. In the report, staff members from
Lake Superior High School discuss what the results of EQAO's testing and other
data have taught them about their students, and the innovative approaches they
are using to address their students' needs.

    Lake Superior High School, Superior-Greenstone District School Board,
    Terrace Bay
    Situated in northwestern Ontario in Terrace Bay, Lake Superior High
School serves 164 students in Grades 9 through 12. The school population is
mostly English-speaking, with a small proportion of Aboriginal students.
Approximately 19% of the students have been identified as having special
education needs.
    When the Literacy Team and the administration examined the 2008 OSSLT
results using EQAO's Profile of Strengths and Areas for Improvement, they
discovered that writing was an area of challenge, specifically the use of
conventions (grammar and spelling).
    After reviewing the data with the staff in September, the Literacy Team
worked with teachers to create an awareness of how the teaching of writing
conventions could be embedded throughout the curriculum. The staff discovered
that by embedding literacy across the curriculum, students realized that
literacy is important to all subject areas, not just English.
    "We are a small school where all staff actively participate in
initiatives to assist our students achieve success. They demonstrate daily
that literacy is cross-curricular throughout all grades from 9 to 12 and is at
the forefront of all our decisions." Sharon Mackenzie, principal.
    Over the past several months, EQAO staff visited a number of Ontario's
secondary schools. It was clear to these representatives that educators are
regularly using the results from EQAO testing as a reference point to identify
students in need of support. EQAO's reliable and accurate data support
continuous improvement in schools and boards and in individual students.
    The proactive identification of at-risk students, the alignment and
integration of literacy-focused curricula at both the elementary and the
secondary levels, and a literacy focus across all subject areas are just some
of the strategies that schools across Ontario are using to ensure the success
of their students.
    Today, EQAO published Ontario-wide school- and board-level results from
the 2008-2009 OSSLT on its Web site. School communities from across the
province are able to see the results of their efforts to improve the literacy
skills of their students at www.eqao.com.
    EQAO's Provincial Report and other information are also available online
at www.eqao.com.

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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