September 17, 2014
The Renfrew County District School Board’s
Rockwood Public School (Pembroke) and Renfrew County Catholic District School Board’s
St. Mary’s Catholic School (Deep River) 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.
"It is important to use data to understand where students are and where they need to go. Data clearly tells us what students can do now what we as professionals need to do to move each one of them forward. It is important to always put a face to our data so that we remember who we are here for, and then we need to work as a team and focus our energy on student achievement."
— Mary Ann Mullen, Principal, Rockwood Public School
"My beliefs in the past 13 years have changed 180 degrees. I have seen how effective use of EQAO and classroom data can be very beneficial to the success of our students. This data motivates not only myself but the staff to work and learn together to ensure all of our students meet with success. It is a powerful instrument for positive change in student achievement."
— Cheryl St-Elier, Principal, St. Mary’s Catholic 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