Three Successful Southwestern Ontario Schools Profiled in EQAO Provincial Report

    SOUTHWESTERN 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 southwestern 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 southwestern region profiled are

    -   Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School, Leamington
        "The math department works as a team. There is a dialogue going on
        constantly about what's working, and about strengths and weaknesses.
        That really does seem to make a difference. From a logistical
        standpoint, the math teachers all share the same prep room. It's very
        easy to have that dialogue," says principal Leo Clark.

    -   Norwood Park Elementary School, Hamilton
        "Looking at the data over the years has completely changed the way we
        plan," notes principal Mary Scime.

    -   St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School, Cambridge
        "I have a group of dedicated teachers. They are very willing to
        engage in professional development and are always looking for ways to
        do a better job in reaching students. We really focus first and
        foremost on building relationships with the students. We do a lot to
        build a positive school environment. I don't believe children can
        learn if they're not feeling safe and appreciated. In terms of using
        EQAO data to improve student learning, it has helped us look more
        specifically at the skills of reading, writing and math. EQAO helps
        us break it down," says principal Judy Dunn-Keighan.

    "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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