By Ruth C. Calman, M.A., research consultant and former EQAO Director of Data and Suport Services
Audio interview with Ruth Calman about School Effectiveness | Running time: 09.42
There is a considerable body of research in the areas of school effectiveness and school improvement that has identified key aspects of effective schools that can present educators with important ideas for enhancing school improvement efforts. I was recently commissioned by EQAO to provide an overview of the research coming out of Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, with an emphasis on information that would be of immediate and practical interest to Ontario educators. The study was a literature review of major school effectiveness and improvement studies over the past 25 years and of the more than 200 school case studies EQAO has published over the past several years.
literature review confirmed a number of factors that can provide a foundation to guide educators in their school-improvement efforts. This article summarizes eight key factors that contribute to school effectiveness originally identified by Reynolds and Teddlie (2000) and Teddlie and Stringfield (2007) and confirmed by the current EQAO review.
This review will likely reflect information that is familiar to many of you, provide support for some of your schools’ current practices and beliefs and present new ideas and strategies that you may want to consider incorporating in your own unique contexts.
Other useful approaches to involving parents include an “open door” school policy, parent assistance in the classroom and on field trips, and the mutual sharing of student progress information with parents.
Visit EQAO's research section to access the full literature review and the full reference list, as well as much other useful research.
EQAO Research in the News
Ruth Calman’s research study was featured in similar articles in the fall 2010 editions of the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario’s magazine, Principal Connections, and the Association des directions et directions adjointes des écoles franco-ontariennes’ magazine,
Connexion Direction. An article was also sent to members of the Association des gestionnaires de l'éducation franco-ontarienne. A longer article about this research appeared in the Ontario Principals’ Council’s magazine, The OPC Register (Vol. 12, No. 3). Permission to adapt the OPC Register article was received from OPC. EQAO thanks all of these organizations for their partnership in sharing this information with educational leaders across the province.