September 17, 2014
The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board’s
Annunciation of Our Lord Catholic Elementary School (Hamilton), Avon Maitland District School Board’s
Goderich Public School (Goderich), and Waterloo Region District School Board’s Edna Staebler Elementary School (Waterloo) 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.
"[Teachers] are the backbone of the school. They are dedicated not only in student learning but in spiritual and social development. As a unit they worked hard to create a school community that feels like a family. The strong relationship developed with the parish team also helps to nourish each member of the school community. At this school, we learn, love, laugh and live together as a vibrant, positive, accepting and spiritual community."
— Josie Pini, Principal, Annunciation of Our Lord Catholic Elementary School
"EQAO provides the timetable. It is the structure of the timeline. It lets you see the continuum in which each child’s needs must be met."
— Debra Gill, Principal, Goderich Public School
"We use data from a wide variety of sources to inform our decisions... We also have a staff that is eager to learn and try new ways of meeting their student needs."
— Jeffery Parliament, Principal, Edna Staebler Elementary 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