Windsor's Vincent Massey Secondary School Profiled for Literacy Success

    SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO, June 11 /CNW/ - Of the hundreds of publicly funded
schools across Ontario, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO)
has selected Windsor's Vincent Massey Secondary School as one of three schools
to profile in the Provincial Report on the Results of the 2007-2008 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 from Vincent Massey
discuss what the results of EQAO's testing and other data have taught them
about their students, and the innovative approaches staff are using to address
their students' needs.

    Vincent Massey Secondary School, Greater Essex County District School
    Board, Windsor

    Vincent Massey Secondary School is in the Greater Essex County District
School Board. It has a diverse, multicultural population of 1430, with 30% of
the Grade 9 students speaking English as a second language.
    Literacy across the curriculum has been a priority at Massey for a number
of years, and this is reflected in student success on the OSSLT. However, when
staff members initially examined the school's OSSLT results, they determined
that basic literacy skills were an issue. After an examination of other
sources of data, the staff refocused its efforts to improve student
achievement. Literacy was embedded in every subject area, and all teachers saw
themselves as responsible for developing their students' literacy skills.
    "I think we've grown in that we're being very precise and individualized
in our instruction ... and in using information to find out where we need to
focus our attention. Many of our students were on the cusp of being
successful, so we needed more focused intervention based on their individual
needs." Melissa Nantais, 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 supports
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 2007-2008 OSSLT on its Web site. School communities from across the
province are able to see the results of their collective efforts to improve
the literacy skills of their students at
    EQAO's provincial report and other information are also available online

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For further information: and to arrange interviews, please contact Katia
Collette, Communications Officer, (416) 212-7047,

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