Achievement and SIP

Measures of Student Achievement and Success

Report cards are issued 2 times per year for children from grade 1 to grade 6, in February and June. There is a progress report in November as well. Senior kindergarten students receive report cards in April and June, and junior kindergarten students in June only. At all levels, information about student achievement is gathered through a variety of means, which may include some of these strategies: observation, formal and informal testing, group and individual work, special projects and daily assignments and discussions.

Junior kindergarten children are involved in Early Identification Screening prior to beginning school. Parents of junior kindergarten and senior kindergarten students are invited to visit the classrooms in the fall or winter term to observe their children participating in the class group. Senior Kindergarten students are also assessed by their classroom teachers throughout the year using the Early Literacy Observation Tool (ELOT).

Near the beginning of each year, academic assessments are conducted by all classroom teachers. Assessment results are used to help teachers meet the needs of the students and to determine areas of strength and weakness. Teachers consult with the Special Education team in the school as necessary to determine the most effective programming for success for individual students. Provincial mandate requires EQAO testing for grade 3 and grade 6 students in mathematics and reading and writing. To assess proficiency in reading all primary teachers use the PM Benchmarks assessment tool (English) or the GB+ assessment (French). Junior teachers use the CASI assessment. Senior

Kindergarten teachers use the Early Literacy Observation Tool with their students.

School Improvement Plans and Initiatives

The following areas continue to be areas of focus for school improvement:

• Continue to implement Balanced Literacy at both the Primary and Junior levels

• Focus on improved student achievement in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics

• Continue to make improvements to the physical environment of our schoolyard, and determine, with staff and School Council, how we can make further enhancements to our facility

• Continue our ongoing partnerships with the police and other local schools to ensure a safe environment for our students

• Our first school improvement planning goal for the 2012‐2013 school year will be in the area of problem solving in Mathematics. After we assess the effectiveness of our interventions, we will determine our goal(s) for the latter part of the year

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