Timmins High and Vocational School Profiled for Literacy Success

    NORTHEASTERN ONTARIO, June 10 /CNW/ - The Education Quality and
Accountability Office (EQAO) has selected Timmins High and Vocational School
(TH&VS) as one of six publicly-funded high schools of the hundreds across
Ontario to profile in the Provincial Report on the Results of the 2008-2009
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). The profiled schools are noted
for their success at raising their students' literacy skills, as demonstrated
by improved OSSLT scores over the years. In the report, staff members from
Timmins High and Vocational School (TH&VS) discuss what the results of EQAO's
testing and other data have taught them about their students, and the
innovative approaches they are using to address their students' needs.

    Timmins High and Vocational School, District School Board Ontario North
    East, Timmins

    With 900 students, TH&VS is the largest English-language school in the
board. A large portion of the student population is bilingual, with either a
French or Oji-Cree background. Because of the fluctuating local industrial
economy, family transience is common, and absenteeism is often an issue. TH&VS
faces many challenges. Providing for the success of all students is the number
one priority. It is addressed by the school's focused assessment and teaching
    To ensure student success, the school is data-driven. EQAO results are
reviewed by the administration and the Literacy Committee. Diagnostic tests
are given to all Grade 9 students to help with proper placement, and students
are closely tracked. Teachers are proactive about looking at data. Statistics
are central to every department and staff meeting.
    "We went from almost zero data analyses to data being a regular part of
our work day. Data is a starting point for most of our professional
discussions in the school." John Sullivan, principal
    Over the past several months, EQAO staff visited a number of Ontario's
secondary schools. It was clear to these representatives that educators are
regularly using the results from EQAO testing as a reference point to identify
students in need of support. EQAO's reliable and accurate data support
continuous improvement in schools and boards and in individual students.
    The proactive identification of at-risk students, the alignment and
integration of literacy-focused curricula at both the elementary and the
secondary levels, and a literacy focus across all subject areas are just some
of the strategies that schools across Ontario are using to ensure the success
of their students.
    Today, EQAO published Ontario-wide school- and board-level results from
the 2008-2009 OSSLT on its Web site. School communities from across the
province are able to see the results of their efforts to improve the literacy
skills of their students at www.eqao.com.
    EQAO's Provincial Report and other information are also available online
at www.eqao.com.

For further information:

For further information: and to arrange interviews, please contact Katia
Collette, Communications Officer, (416) 212-7047, katia.collette@eqao.com

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