Math Strategies that Work: Schools Recognized for Strengthening Students’ Math Achievement

Educators analyzed data to develop strategies that helped students in math

May 9, 2019


The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) recognized 22 schools today for developing learning strategies that were tailored to their unique circumstances—and that ultimately strengthened students’ math skills.

Every year, EQAO’s Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement program celebrates Ontario schools for their effective use of a wide range of information, including EQAO data, to support student learning.

The 2018 Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement is presented to schools that supported students’ positive attitudes toward math, which led to academic success. Educators at these schools developed a number of strategies based on their analyses of EQAO data and other local information. The strategies they put in place were effective, as evidenced by EQAO results over the last three years.

EQAO research suggests that students’ positive attitudes and use of strategies are important factors that support success in math.

Recipients of the 2018 Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement

Eastern Ontario

  • École élémentaire catholique Arc-en-ciel (Orléans)
    Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est
  • École élémentaire publique Madeleine-de-Roybon (Kingston)
    Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario
  • École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges (Orléans)
    Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est
  • École secondaire publique Louis-Riel (Ottawa)
    Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario
  • John McCrae Secondary School (Nepean)
    Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School (Kingston)
    Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  • St. Francis Xavier High School (Gloucester)
    Ottawa Catholic District School Board

Northeastern Ontario

  • St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School (Sudbury)
    Sudbury Catholic District School Board
  • Sudbury Secondary School (Sudbury)
    Rainbow District School Board

Central Ontario

  • Kenner Collegiate Vocational Institute (Peterborough)
    Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
  • Maxwell Heights Secondary School (Oshawa)
    Durham District School Board
  • Sister Catherine Donnelly Catholic School (Barrie)
    Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board

Greater Toronto Area and Central Ontario

  • École élémentaire Carrefour des jeunes (Brampton)
    Conseil scolaire Viamonde
  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys, Markham
    Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir
  • Fleming Public School (Scarborough)
    Toronto District School Board
  • M.M. Robinson High School (Burlington)
    Halton District School Board
  • Springbrook Public School (Brampton)
    Peel District School Board
  • St. Matthew Catholic School (Mississauga)
    Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

Southwestern Ontario

  • Byron Southwood Public School (London)
    Thames Valley District School Board
  • Elmira District Secondary School (Elmira)
    Waterloo Region District School Board
  • Pine Grove Public School (St. Catharines)
    District School Board of Niagara
  • St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School (Windsor)
    Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board



Criteria for selection for the Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement vary each year to highlight different areas of focus in public education. This year, EQAO is recognizing schools that showed

  • strength and growth over three years in student attitudinal and behavioural data from EQAO questionnaires and
  • improvement over three years in EQAO results for Grades 3 and 6 math (for elementary schools) or for both Grade 9 applied and academic math (for secondary schools).


  • 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. Through this recognition, EQAO aims to assist other schools by sharing the promising practices of the schools it profiles.
  • This recognition is named in honour of Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, former minister of Education and former minister of Colleges and Universities in Ontario.
  • 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 student, school, school board and provincial levels.


Photo of Cameron Montgomery, Chair

“Schools across Ontario are using data and evidence to support classroom instruction. It’s so great to recognize the innovative work of educators who use information about student achievement, including EQAO data, as they seek to develop strategies that set students up for success.”
Dr. Cameron Montgomery, Chair, EQAO Board of Directors

Photo of Norah Marsh

“The way that students view and think about math often influences their academic achievement in that subject. We’re recognizing schools that have looked at data on students’ attitudes and made decisions accordingly to support student learning. These schools’ analyses and initiatives worked, which helped many students succeed.”

—Norah Marsh, Chief Executive Officer, EQAO

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