Brantford Ontario: The Grand Education Quality and Accountability Office has released the
results of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) written by Ontario
students during the 2011-12 school year.
– Intentional Support for Applied-Level Students Show Literacy Strategy is Effective –
Erie District School Board students show gains compared to last year with
seven schools improving their results. The percentage of fully participating, first
time eligible students who were successful is 74 per cent – a two percent increase
from the previous year. Grand Erie students are performing at 93 percent in the Academic
pathway, which is consistent with the Provincial rate.
“We are very pleased with this year’s results, which show improvements across many
areas of the assessment,” said Andy Nesbitt, Superintendent of Education responsible
for secondary program. “The gains that we have experienced this year are a direct
result of targeted, research-based strategies that support students.”
The School Support Initiative (SSI) is one strategy that identifies and addresses
schools’ achievement needs for improvement. Several schools in this initiative have
identified an improved achievement for students in the Applied pathway, with a focus
targeted to support literacy or cross-curricular projects.
Successes in the Applied pathway were demonstrated at the following schools:
Hagersville Secondary School increased by 17 percent from 35 to 52 percent
North Park Collegiate-Vocational School increased by 16 percent from 51 to 67 percent
Valley Heights Secondary School increased by four percent from 59 to 63 percent
Dunnville Secondary School is also an SSI school that made gains in literacy, but
their focus as part of the initiative has been to improve results in mathematics.
In addition to the gains they have experienced in mathematics, students also
increased nine percentage points in Applied English. Preliminary data and results indicate
that the focused approach in the SSI has been replicated in other subject areas.
Moving forward, Grand Erie continues to build on the strategies in place to ensure
sustainable improvement. For example, in addition to SSI, Grand Erie will continue
to support a guide that was introduced last fall called the Cross Panel Resource.
As part of the Grade 10 Literacy Support Plan, this curriculum resource supports
teachers and students in Grade 7 to 10 to develop strong opinion-writing skills.
“These results show that we’re on the right track,” said Nesbitt. “We’re committed
to look deeply at the data to see how we can support all students, including those
who struggle, to ensure we prepare all learners to achieve and succeed.”
For the Silo by Shawn McKillop
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