September 17, 2014
The Toronto District School Board’s
Dallington Public School (North York) and
Gracedale Public School (North York), and York Region District School Board’s Donald Cousens Public School (Markham) are being profiled in the Education Quality and Accountability Office’s (EQAO’s)
Provincial Elementary School Report, released today, for their committed efforts and success improving student achievement.
Fourteen elementary schools across the province are being profiled this year. Each has been identified because of the notable improvement in its EQAO results over time. Each school team has shared how EQAO and other data have been used to guide instructional programs, which in turn have helped improve the literacy and numeracy skills of students.
"During our TLCP sessions, we look at big ideas, explicit teaching and the gradual release of responsibility, which allows me to reflect on my daily practice and make changes where necessary. Working together, we understand that we share responsibility for the success of all students, not just those in our own class."
— Catherine Thomson, French Immersion Kindergarten Teacher, Dallington Public School
"By spending time with data and doing so regularly, we are able to discern what it is telling us, leading us to ask questions to get to a deeper understanding of what is going on. We then can make informed decisions, which lead to enhanced student achievement."
— Susan Billington, Principal, Gracedale Public School
"Teachers “devour data, using it as the starting point to understand our context. Data allows us to be precise, to personalize and to drill down right to the classroom."
— Tracey Cox, Principal, Donald Cousens Public School
"The schools being profiled demonstrate significant progress in supporting student achievement. They have used EQAO data, alongside in-school evidence, in planning improvements to their programs and teaching practices. These particular schools are seeing positive results in student achievement as a result of their efforts. I trust that these stories will serve as an inspiration to other school communities across the province."
— Bruce Rodrigues, Chief Executive Officer, EQAO