Achievement and School Improvement Planning
Measures of Student Achievement and Success
Our school follows the guidelines set out in the OCDSB Policy and Procedures for Student Evaluation, available on the Board’s website.
Ongoing classroom assessment and evaluation form the backbone of our student evaluation policy.
Continuous assessment and evaluation tools and practices include observation, student self-evaluation, teacher/student interviews, peer and group evaluation, written and oral tests, rubrics, checklists, inventories, questionnaires, participation charts, and parental input during interview sessions.
Students are given many opportunities to demonstrate learning through performances, including public speaking, drama and music productions, and school concerts.
Students from Grades One to Three are assessed for reading proficiency using La trousse d’évaluation en lecture GB+. Students from Grades Four to Six are assessed for reading proficiency using CASI. All students in grade 3 and 6 take part in the Provincial EQAO testing. Results from each assessment tool are used to evaluate individual student success as well as overall school success. Results are used to develop our School Improvement Plan to enhance student learning.
School Improvement Plans and Initiatives
Along with the analysis of EQAO results, we consider report card marks, daily observations of student performance, and a variety of demographic factors when formulating School Improvement Plans and Initiatives. The input of staff, parents and students is crucial in this process.
The School Improvement Plan for the beginning of 2013/2014 focuses on Numeracy. One strategy to achieve success in this area is to engage students in the Three Part Math Problem Solving method. In particular, they will focus on creative, innovative, critical thinking and problem solving. Student achievement will be followed closely with on-going assessment and feedback. Technology is integrated into our programs to improve the level of skill among staff and students.
We continue to increase our selection of children’s literature for our entire student body with the financial assistance of our dedicated School Council. Balanced Literacy is implemented throughout the Primary and Junior divisions. Parent and community volunteers greatly support our reading initiatives.
Our School Council has assisted us in the purchase of equipment, hands-on materials and resources to enhance our academic programs. Furthermore, we are engaging our School Council to provide enriching arts experiences and activities for our children as well as actively encouraging their input in the development of our School Improvement Plan.
• Regular classroom and school newsletter communication
• A wide variety of experiences in the Arts
• Spring and Winter Student Concert
• Grade Six Musical
• A continued focus on recreating our library
• Volunteer Appreciation Event
• A Family Barbecue
• Portfolios of student-led conferences
• Investment in home reading program and materials
• Investment in materials for math and literacy programs
• Investment in technology including Smart Boards and Projectors
• Investment in professional growth opportunities focused on OCDSB’s Literacy and Math initiatives
• Rising Stars and Les étoiles filantes
• Annual Used Book Sale