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Statement in Response to 2016 Fraser Institute Report
Statement in Response to 2016 Fraser Institute Report
Posted on 03/04/2016

2016 Fraser Institute Report Card Has Limited Use for School Improvement Purposes

(Brockville) – Upper Canada District School Board Director of Education Stephen Sliwa has released the following statement in response to the Fraser Institute’s Report Card on Ontario’s Secondary Schools 2016:

“Our board remains open to any data or study that provides information leading to improvements in our schools. The most valuable information that supports student learning is derived from the regular and ongoing assessments conducted by teachers and principals, as well as that furnished directly by the EQAO and other district-wide assessments. The ranking of schools, on a comparative basis, does not offer a precise understanding of exactly where improvement efforts should be directed and, as such, is regarded by our staff as having limited use.

“It is more accountable and useful to use data that measures achievement on a student-by-student basis. Our school board and schools have adopted a vigorous improvement planning process based on provincial assessment results, and through surveys administered at the district and school level. These practices allow the board and our schools to direct attention and resources to student learning needs.

“Any process that ranks schools, such as the Fraser Institute’s report, projects an unrealistic impression about student achievement and the needs of schools, and certainly falls short of acknowledging gains in student learning that result from the intentional efforts of our schools and district.”

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