Three Schools in Eastern Ontario Profiled by EQAO

EASTERN ONTARIO, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Three of the 15 schools profiled in the Education Quality and Accountability Office's (EQAO's) Provincial Reports, released today, are located in eastern Ontario: the Limestone District School Board's Harrowsmith Public School, the Renfrew County District School Board's Arnprior District High School and the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board's St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School. Like all schools being profiled by EQAO this year, they are representative of the many dedicated school communities throughout Ontario. These schools are notable for their leadership, data-driven strategies and whole-school approaches to helping every child succeed. Although faced with their own unique circumstances, each profiled school has adopted an action plan to work toward improved student outcomes using provincial assessment results as a guide.

Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division (Grades 1-3) and Junior Division (Grades 4-6)

  • Harrowsmith Public School, Harrowsmith
    "Set very high goals that are made public. It is essential that you believe in them and make them a priority in the daily life of your school."
    Jim Horan, principal

Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics

  • St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School, Belleville
    "Today I know that the student successes at St. Theresa come from regular and close supervision of our data. It's a very important part of how we look forward for our students. At St. Theresa, staff, students and parents have bought into the value of using data. Data has shown us clearly who is learning to their potential, who is not and helps us decide what to do about that."
    —Nancy McKeown, principal

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

  • Arnprior District High School, Arnprior
    "EQAO data either reaffirms what you have been doing or makes you rethink what you have to do, what direction you have to take."
    Neil Farmer, principal

"We are pleased to profile in our provincial reports a number of schools from across the province that are using EQAO and other data to determine areas of focus for their improvement plans," said Marguerite Jackson, EQAO's Chief Executive Officer. "It's evident in their stories that each of these schools has made a firm commitment to evidence-based decision making in support of student progress. Profiling these schools in this way will offer ideas and inspiration to other school communities across the province."

Some of the common factors that the profiled schools have identified 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 the implementation of Ministry of Education initiatives.

The provincial news release "EQAO Releases School and Board Achievement Results and Profiles 15 Schools" 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

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