M.M. Robinson High School

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2018 School Recipient of the Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement

Data and Schools: A Journey of Learning

Student population: 967; Grades: 9–12

  • M.M. Robinson is a suburban school in Burlington. The student body comprises a wide variety of learners, including students with special education needs and English language learners.
  • M.M. Robinson pulls from eight feeder schools, five of which offer French Immersion or Extended French programming.

“There are many ways that EQAO data has shaped my teaching practice. One is the attitudinal data. Looking at the cohort data from Grade 6, and then some of those same questions were given to the students at the beginning of the Grade 9 year. From this data, activities can be planned that will increase student confidence in solving math problems as well as initiatives to increase enjoyment in math class and build a positive relationship with their math teacher.”

— Grade 9–12 Teacher

Analysis

  1. Attitudinal Data: As the school year starts, educators look at EQAO attitudinal data, specifically those related to the statements “I am good at math” and “I like math.” This informs the design of programming to support student engagement and mindset.
  2. Cohort Data: Next, in order to set goals on moving students up to the provincial standard in Grade 9, educators use cohort data to identify students who did not meet the standard in Grade 6.
  3. Finding Trends: On an ongoing basis, staff use previous years’ assessment data to inform teacher practice by analyzing trends to determine areas of strength and need. This informs course design for the upcoming year.

Action

Integrated Math and Science Programming

Students in Grade 9 take their math and science credits all year with the same teacher. This allows for more time to identify and fill gaps in student knowledge. Curriculum is spiralled throughout the year so that math and science concepts are reviewed numerous times as new layers are added. Curriculum concepts are tied to a variety of inquiries in the classroom, and integration of math with science allows for crossover inquiry applications. Instruction emphasizes project-based learning. For example, students build a composite-shaped shelter out of popsicle sticks and are asked find its volume and surface area.

Student-Led Conferencing

Monthly conferencing between teacher and student allows for check-ins to discuss achievement, attitudinal observations and goals. These conferences also allow the teacher to collect diagnostic data and formative feedback. This feedback is used to design and shape the program as the year progresses. Students appreciate the interactive nature of the conference. The conferences also strengthen the relationship with the teacher.

Grade 9

Sudbury Secondary School, Rainbow District School Board
Maxwell Heights Secondary School, Durham District School Board
M.M. Robinson High School, Halton District School Board
Elmira District Secondary School, Waterloo Region District School Board
St. Francis Xavier High School, Ottawa Catholic District School Board
John McCrae Secondary School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Kenner Collegiate Vocational Institute, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School, Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School, Sudbury Catholic District School Board

Elementary Schools

Pine Grove Public School, District School Board of Niagara
St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School, Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
Sister Catherine Donnelly Catholic School, Simcoe County District School Board
St. Matthew Catholic School, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
Fleming Public School, Toronto District School Board
Springbrook Public School, Peel District School Board
Byron Southwood Public School, Thames Valley District School Board

OSSLT

Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Lakehead District School Board
South Carleton High School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Holy Names Catholic High School, Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute, Toronto District School Board

Elementary Schools

McKellar Park Central School, Lakehead District School Board
St. Dominic Savio Catholic School, Waterloo Catholic District School Board
St. Bernadette Catholic School, Durham Catholic District School Board
Beverley Heights Middle School, Toronto District School Board
Pius XII Catholic Elementary, Sudbury Catholic District School Board
Sir William Gage Middle School, Peel District School Board
St. Martin School, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board
D. Roy Kennedy Public School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Grade 9

Maple High School, York Region District School Board
Essex District High School, Greater Essex County District School Board
Mississauga Secondary School, Peel District School Board
Governor Simcoe Secondary School, District School Board of Niagara
Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School, Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
Earl Haig Secondary School, Toronto District School Board

Elementary Schools

St. Edmund Separate School, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
Pleasantville Public School, York Region District School Board
Nelles Public School, District School Board of Niagara
St. Luke Catholic Elementary School, Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board
St. Aloysius Catholic Elementary School, Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Centennial Road Junior Public School, Toronto District School Board
Dunlace Public School, Toronto District School Board
St. John XXIII Catholic School, Renfrew County Catholic District School Board
E. J. James Public School, Halton District School Board

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