Schools Recognized for Supporting Students with Special Education Needs

Educators used EQAO data and other information to develop strategies that strengthened student achievement

February 28, 2018

NEWS

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) recognized 12 English-language schools today for creating strategies that helped to strengthen the literacy skills of students with special education needs.

EQAO’s Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement program recognizes Ontario schools for their effective use of data to support the progress of their students.

Guided by its focus on equity and inclusion, this year EQAO recognized schools whose initiatives helped a growing proportion of students with special education needs to meet the provincial literacy standard.

School Recipients

The English-language schools recognized by EQAO this year are as follows:

Eastern Ontario

  • D. Roy Kennedy Public School (Ottawa)
    Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • South Carleton High School (Ottawa)
  • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Northern Ontario

  • McKellar Park Central School (Thunder Bay)
    Lakehead District School Board
  • Pius XII Catholic Elementary School (Sudbury)
    Sudbury Catholic District School Board
  • St. Martin Elementary School (Thunder Bay)
    Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board
  • Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute (Thunder Bay)
    Lakehead District School Board

Greater Toronto Area and Central Ontario

  • Beverley Heights Middle School (Toronto)
    Toronto District School Board
  • Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute (Toronto)
    Toronto District School Board
  • St. Bernadette Catholic School (Ajax)
    Durham Catholic District School Board
  • Sir William Gage Middle School (Brampton)
    Peel District School Board

Western Ontario

  • Holy Names Catholic High School (Windsor)
    Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
  • St. Dominic Savio Catholic School (Kitchener)
    Waterloo Catholic District School Board

QUICK FACTS

  • In 2009, EQAO launched the Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement program to recognize schools across the province for their use of data to enhance and support the progress of their students. The schools recognized through this program have used a wide range of information, including EQAO data, to develop action plans based on their unique circumstances and have seen improvements in student achievement over time. Through this recognition, EQAO aims to assist other schools by sharing the promising practices of the schools it profiles.
  • This year’s school recipients of the Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement saw an increase in the percentage of students with special education needs meeting the standard on either the reading or writing component of provincial assessments from 2014 to 2017, and these schools clearly demonstrated that their analysis of EQAO data helped inform decisions about initiatives to support student learning better.
  • EQAO data consistently point to successes and challenges students encounter in different subject areas. The education community analyzes EQAO information—as well as classroom, school and school board data—to develop improvement plans that address challenges at the individual, school, school board and provincial levels.
  • Educators use EQAO results to help improve learning programs, and thousands of Ontario students have benefited from the insights provided through EQAO. In the 1990s, EQAO data shined light on challenges in literacy achievement, which led to a focus on reading and writing skills. More recently, EQAO data were among the factors that led to the launch of Ontario’s Renewed Math Strategy in 2016.

QUOTES

Photo of Norah Marsh

“Equity and inclusion are foundational for a strong public educational system. By fostering inclusive learning environments, our schools can help every individual succeed, regardless of background or circumstance. Over time, EQAO’s data show that students with special education needs can be highly successful in meeting expectations. It is a privilege to recognize schools in Ontario that have used data to help students with special education needs meet the provincial literacy standard”

— Norah Marsh, Chief Executive Officer, EQAO

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Tony Saini
Director, Corporate and Public Affairs

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