Three Successful Greater Toronto Area Schools Profiled in EQAO Provincial Report

    GREATER TORONTO AREA, 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 the GTA 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 GTA profiled are

    -   Centre Peel Public School, Drayton

        "The parents of our students are eager to support their children,"
        notes former principal Ken McPherson. "Our goal is to develop
        partnerships with parents so that they feel they have the skills to
        participate more fully in their child's educational process."

    -   Keswick High School, Keswick

        "With a common vision, clear goal and collaboration among all our
        teachers and community, this program has experienced success and our
        students are the beneficiaries," says math department head Dawn

    -   St. Maurice Catholic School, Weston

        "All credit for success goes to our dedicated teachers, our
        enthusiastic students and their supportive families," notes principal
        Glenn Carey. "I particularly wish to congratulate my teachers for
        their selfless commitment to the goal of maximizing the potential of
        every student in their care. No child at St. Maurice is ever left

    "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

For further information:

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

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