September 24, 2014
Thames Valley District School Board’s
Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School (London) and Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s
St. Mary’s High School (Kitchener) are being profiled in the Education Quality and Accountability Office’s (EQAO’s)
Provincial Secondary School Report, released today, for their committed efforts and success improving student achievement.
Thirteen secondary 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.
"In examining the factors that contribute to Banting’s success, one must begin with the sense of community and inclusiveness that is fostered in this school. As Principal Joan Cooper states, ‘We don’t just tolerate diversity; we celebrate it."
— Excerpt from EQAO’s Provincial Secondary School Report case study on Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School
"Looking at a variety of data propels our school improvement planning. Evidence from students’ classroom and EQAO assessments and staff surveys shows us if we’re on the right track, guides our decisions and sets us in motion for the next year."
— Gale Daly, Principal, St. Mary’s High 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