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School Stories—On the Journey of Learning

Observations from the Field

Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division (Grades 1–3) and Junior Division (Grades 4–6), 2004–2005

This year, EQAO is privileged to showcase 12 school communities that exemplify the many successful learning environments in publicly funded schools across the province.

Several key themes emerge from the stories below. The schools, which represent a range of geographic and demographic factors, have developed many successful and innovative strategies. No single initiative is responsible for student achievement, but the strides in student success would not be possible without one common ingredient: a shared responsibility for student learning.

Some of the themes that schools identify as factors in addressing the literacy and numeracy needs of students include professional learning communities; team responsibility for EQAO assessment; data-driven decision making; a whole-school approach to literacy, numeracy and student achievement; a substantial program of professional development for literacy and numeracy; small-group learning for language and mathematics; high-quality teaching; parental involvement; one-student-at-a-time strategies; literacy blocks; school and board alignment and implementing Ministry of Education initiatives.

EQAO celebrates these schools' stories and applauds the efforts of Ontario's educators, parents and members of the public as we all work together to inspire students to become successful learners.

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