Sister Catherine Donnelly Catholic 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: 293; Grades: K–8

  • Sister Catherine Donnelly Catholic School has a student population that draws on rural and urban areas.
  • The school’s student population has a wide range of strengths and needs. Nineteen per cent of the students have Individual Education Plans.

“This class helped me feel more confident in math by reviewing answers after tests to show me how to improve. Group work helped me be open minded to new math concepts and strategies.”
— Grade 7 Student

Analysis

  1. EQAO Data: Math leads and administrators analyze EQAO data, specifically the item information reports, to identify areas of strength and need to determine next steps.
  2. Aligning Data: EQAO results are compared to report card results to ensure staff evaluate consistently.
  3. Sharing of Data: The results of the data analysis are presented at an all-staff meeting.
  4. Next Steps:The analysis is a starting point for teachers. They use the analysis to support progress in student learning and to identify a focus for professional development.

Action

Curriculum Focus

Staff at Sister Catherine Donnelly recognized the need for a renewed curriculum focus and adopted the mindset that the curriculum is their textbook. Staff used EQAO data and assessments to identify specific areas of the curriculum where there were gaps in student learning.

Using scaffolding, direct teaching and conversations with students, staff were able to build overall student knowledge and skill related to curriculum expectations. Having a focused goal was crucial in making an overall difference in student achievement.

Consolidation of Learning

Staff in the primary and junior divisions joined a voluntary professional learning community to explore new ways to consolidate student learning. Staff noted that students were having difficulty with real-life problem solving in math. The teachers adopted a growth mindset and allowed students to choose their own strategy to solve the problems. Teachers appreciate the importance of “teaching to understand” over “teaching to know.”

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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