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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Halton Catholic Students Achieve Outstanding Results on Provincial 2011 EQAO Primary & Junior Assessments

The Halton Catholic District School Board published today its Board and elementary school results of the province-wide assessment of Grade 3 and 6 students. The test was conducted in the Spring of 2011 in the areas of Reading, Writing and Math by the provincial Education, Quality, Accountability Office (EQAO).

Students across the Board continue to do exceptionally well compared to the provincial standard (Level 3).

“While no single initiative is responsible for student achievement, student success would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of students, parents, principals, teachers, support staff and senior administration, all working together to help each student master the skills they need to succeed.” says Michael W. Pautler, Director of Education, Halton Catholic District School Board. “It is through this collaborative work that our Catholic learning communities continue to experience success and ongoing improvement.”

“We are very pleased with these results and are particularly encouraged by the number of students in each area who have achieved the provincial standard from one assessment to the next.” says Jacqueline Herman, Superintendent of Education, Curriculum Services. “We believe this continuous improvement in student achievement over time demonstrates that early identification, intentional focus on precision teaching and support from both our schools and parents alike, are critical elements for helping our students master the skills they need to succeed.”

The overall 2011 achievement results for the Halton Catholic District School Board and our individual schools are outlined in the charts included at the end of this release.

The Halton Catholic District School Board uses various sets of data, including the EQAO results, to inform and plan the instructional strategies used in the classroom; a process which allows school staff to offer our students the best in Christ-centred education.

The learning improvement strategies that the Board implemented during the 2010-2011 school year to support Reading, Writing and Mathematics included, but were not limited to the following:

  • ​School improvement teams analyzed the EQAO Item Information Reports to identify student learning needs and the required strategies for improvement;
  • Continued training and support for staff on all the Board Benchmark Assessments for Language and the Instructional Pathways that provide purposeful, planned, classroom-based, data-informed instruction;
  • System level implementation of an electronic data tracker (StudentsAchieve) to record, analyze and track data over time from the Board Benchmark Assessments;
  • Board Benchmark support documents including Creating Instructional Pathways Planners for Reading and Writing to determine next steps for instruction using Provincial and new Board resources and to support student achievement through Differentiated Instruction;
  • Teacher Moderation sessions using student samples from the Benchmark Assessments focused on next steps on a student by student basis to promote continuous development;
  • Itinerant Teachers assigned one day a week to each school to promote a common understanding and use of evidenced based instructional strategies and approaches for Language and Mathematics in Grades 1 to 8;
  • Job embedded professional learning sessions to support all phases of the teaching/learning cycle;
  • The Board’s participation in a provincial collaborative inquiry geared towards increasing reading comprehension by developing students’ metacognitive skills through the use of co-created success criteria, descriptive feedback and self monitoring strategies;
  • The Board’s participation in a provincial inquiry focused on supporting teachers in the use of three-part problem solving lessons to build students’ communication and problem solving strategies in Mathematics.

Students were assessed in the areas of Reading, Writing and Mathematics based on expectations contained in The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8. The assessments were evaluated on a four level system, with one being the lowest and four the highest. The Ministry has defined Level 3 as the provincial standard.

As advised by EQAO, it is inappropriate and misleading to rank schools or to make individual school comparisons without taking into account a variety of contextual factors. 


The Halton Catholic District School Board is a model learning community, widely recognized as distinctively Catholic. A provincial leader in student achievement, HCDSB provides exceptional educational experiences and services to over 34,000 students of all ages. God’s call to love and to serve is nurtured across our 45 elementary schools, 9 secondary schools, and 3 continuing education facilities, serving the communities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville. With a focus on Achieving, Believing, and Belonging, we provide our students and staff with the tools for realizing their fullest potential, while also instilling a life-long commitment to the community.

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Media Contact:
Jacqueline Herman
Superintendent of Education, Curriculum Services
Halton Catholic District School Board
905-632-6314, ext. 123
Alternate Media Contact:
Lisa Stocco
Communications Services
Halton Catholic District School Board
905-632-6314, ext. 126

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