Three Successful Central Ontario Schools Profiled in EQAO Provincial Report

    CENTRAL ONTARIO, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - Today the Education Quality and
Accountability Office (EQAO) released the school- and board-level results from
its 2006-2007 primary and junior division assessments as well as from the
Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics. EQAO also published Ontario Student
Achievement: EQAO's Provincial Report on the Results of the 2006-2007
Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division (Grades 1-3)
and Junior Division (Grades 4-6), and the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics.
    Three of the 18 schools profiled for their success in the Provincial
Report are located in central Ontario and exemplify the great work being done
in Ontario. They are representative of the many schools across the province
that have been successful at improving their students' achievement in reading,
writing and mathematics and maintaining these gains over time.
    The schools share strategies they use to improve student achievement, so
that teachers, principals and school boards across Ontario can benefit from
their successful practices. Key among the strategies for these schools is the
use of EQAO and other data for evidence-based planning for their students.

    The three schools from the central region profiled are

    -   Central Public School, Bowmanville
        "EQAO results and other data gathering have helped us become more
        focused every year and deepen our understanding so that we have seen
        an evolution in our teaching," says principal Cheryl Fowler. She
        credits that to "a collaborative staff who willingly introduce and
        refine practices and who are committed to bringing those practices
        into the classroom and reflecting on them, rather than just
        theorizing about them."

    -   Notre Dame Catholic School, Owen Sound
        "Our staff considers EQAO data (along with other data such as those
        from DRA) a valuable starting point for helping to determine where
        student learning gaps are and informing classroom instruction. Staff
        comes together in professional learning teams to confirm and adjust
        judgments about their students' work," says principal Michael

    -   Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School, Ajax
        "We see the EQAO test not as an end in itself but as a learning
        process that begins as early as elementary school," says principal
        Michael Bak. "EQAO brings everyone-elementary teachers, Notre Dame
        teachers, board personnel, parents and, of course, students-together
        in a very real, collaborative learning community."

    "EQAO tests provide an important snapshot of student achievement," said
Marguerite Jackson, EQAO's Chief Executive Officer. "The results have become a
trusted and valued source of information that informs schools and board
improvement planning efforts across the province. They complement the
classroom teacher's evaluation and provide a reference to achievement in
relation to a provincial standard."
    By logging on to EQAO's Web site,, school communities across
the province are able to see the results of their collective efforts to
improve student learning in the fundamental disciplines of reading, writing
and mathematics.
    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 language and
mathematics; one-student-at-a-time strategies; high-quality teaching; parental
involvement; the coordination of school and board improvement planning and
implementing Ministry of Education initiatives.

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

    Provincial news release "EQAO publishes Provincial Report and School and
Board level results on Provincial Testing" and backgrounder are also

    Les résultats des écoles de langue française sont disponibles en

For further information:

For further information: Phil Serruya, Manager of Communications and
Public Affairs, (416) 325-2230,

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