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EQAO Profiles Secondary Schools That Have Been Successful in Using Data as an Essential Tool for Improving Student Learning

June 13, 2012

Attention: News editors, education reporters

TORONTO, June 13, 2012—“The OSSLT results provide meaningful information that lead teachers to become more confident about data and therefore more open to sharing with each other,” said Gloria Krampp, principal at All Saints Catholic Secondary School in Whitby, when pointing out the importance of EQAO data as a driver for overall school improvement. “The EQAO data motivates teachers to teach literacy skills across the curriculum.”

The use of EQAO data by schools and school boards to monitor students’ achievement of curriculum expectations and to identify areas for improvement in programs has become a hallmark of Ontario’s publicly funded education system. As part of its public reporting of results, EQAO is once again presenting profiles of schools that are notable for their success at improving their students’ literacy skills, as demonstrated by rising OSSLT scores over the years.

The following five English-language schools are being profiled this year: All Saints Catholic Secondary School in Whitby, Burlington Central High School in Burlington, Catholic Central High School in London, Centennial Secondary School in Belleville and St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Kenora. These schools are at various stages of their own journey of learning and are just a few of the many dedicated schools that can be found right across Ontario. They are notable for their leadership, data-driven strategies and whole-school approaches to helping each student succeed. Under unique circumstances, each one of these schools has adopted an action plan to work toward improved student outcomes using provincial assessment results as a guide.

“The profiled schools and their communities should be proud of the progress they have made, and we are pleased EQAO data and resources have helped them in their journey,” said Marguerite Jackson, EQAO’s Chief Executive Officer. “These schools exemplify how powerful information such as EQAO results in the hands of committed professionals can lead to great things for young people all across Ontario.”

Educators at these schools share what EQAO test results and other data have taught them about their students, as well as the innovative approaches they are using to address their students’ needs.

Available on EQAO’s Web Site are the full school stories, as well as stories from schools profiled in previous years. Also available is EQAO’s provincial news release “More Than Eight Out of 10 Ontario Students Develop Required Literacy Skills by Grade 10” and a backgrounder.

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For further information and to arrange interviews:

Katia Collette
Communications Officer
416-212-7047
katia.collette@eqao.com

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