Three Successful Northwestern Ontario Schools Profiled in EQAO Provincial Report

    NORTHWESTERN 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 northwestern 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 northwestern region profiled are

    -  Hammarskjold Secondary School, Thunder Bay
       "The ability to enter into dialogue early on with our family of
       schools is very important to long-term student success," notes
       principal Terry Reid. "It allows us to work with elementary school
       teachers on aligning curriculum and helping students choose the
       programs that best suit them."

    -  North Star Community School, Atikokan
       "What (teachers) are doing in the classroom is research-based. It used
       to be gut-based. EQAO kick-started that change," says Sylvia Parker,

    -  St. Francis School, Thunder Bay
       "The priority was to deeply analyze the data, which identified for us
       the areas to really start zoning in on. We had never delved into the
       data the way we did this year. We didn't analyze just the EQAO data,
       but many forms of student assessment. That was a big step for the
       school, actually starting to examine the data very carefully, looking
       at and understanding what the data was telling us and then what were
       we going to do - as a school, as a division, as a classroom teacher -
       to help students succeed," says Nadia Marson, 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
Public Affairs, (416) 325-2230,

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