St. John XXIII Catholic School in Arnprior has been chosen as one of eight schools in the province that is successfully incorporating Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) data and resources to improve student achievement in mathematics.
Schools are selected for the recognition based on the proportion of students who didn’t meet the provincial math standard in Grade 3 but improved to meet it in Grade 6. Schools must also maintain or increase the overall number of students who meet the provincial math standard.
“We are thrilled to be one of eight schools recognized by EQAO this year for our efforts in continually improving our EQAO scores from Grade 3 to Grade 6 in the area of mathematics. We hope that our ‘learning journey story’ shared by EQAO will positively impact other schools in the province,” stated Heidi Fraser, Principal, St. John XXIII.
In a February 9 email to the Board, EQAO’s Interim Chief Executive Officer, Richard Jones, congratulated the RCCDSB on the “good work that has been done in both this school and your school board to improve student achievement.”
Using the EQAO test results and data, along with classroom and board indicators, staff at St. John XXIII identified areas that required support and developed appropriate instructional strategies specific to their students’ needs.
Three school improvement initiatives evolved at St. John XXIII, including: a whole-school approach for analyzing data which involves all staff; a tutors in the classroom program that employs university students to assist in Grade 3 and 6 classrooms; and support for students with special needs—a partnership between the Special Education Resources Teacher (SERT) and the classroom teacher to support students with accomodations.
“This recognition of St. John XXIII Catholic School by the EQAO is a testament to the hard work and commitment of staff to ensure that each and every student is fully supported to achieve success. The Board is proud of their efforts and accomplishments,” said Dave Howard, RCCDSB Chair.
February 13, 2017
For further information, please contact:
Michele Arbour, Director of Education
Renfrew County Catholic District School Board
499 Pembroke Street West
Pembroke, ON K8A 5P1
Phone: 613-735-1031 or 1-800-267-0191