Three Successful Eastern Ontario Schools Profiled in EQAO Provincial Report

    EASTERN 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 eastern 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 eastern region profiled are

    -  John XXIII Catholic School, Arnprior
       "It became a staff initiative for the whole school," said principal
       Sondra Keatley. "Writing the sample test gave the staff an
       appreciation for what the students are expected to know and be able to
       demonstrate across the divisions. Analyzing the Item Information
       Reports showed the trends over time and helped to identify areas of
       focus for our school improvement plan. The staff is truly an amazing
       team, dedicated to moving students forward."

    -  Madawaska Valley District High School, Barry's Bay
       "We work hard with our students," said principal John McIver. "If
       they're in an academic stream, we try to keep them there for Grades 9
       and 10. Teachers know that students may struggle, and all the support
       systems are in place to help them reach success. In addition, there is
       a tremendous connection with the community. It serves the school and
       community well. It's the tradition of the school. It's the norm that's

    -  Stonecrest Elementary School, Woodlawn
       "We've been closely following the students who are moving ahead and
       the students at risk through team meetings. We're using the data we've
       gathered to allocate resources to purchase materials to support
       student learning. I'm becoming more comfortable with the use of data;
       I have a passion for it now. After working closely with my teachers
       and my superintendent I have a better understanding of how to look at
       the data, how to break it down and then focus on teaching and
       improving student learning," says Michael Malek, principal.

    "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 school 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

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For further information: Phil Serruya, Manager of Communications and
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