UCDSB Statement in Response to the
Fraser Institute’s Report Card on
Ontario Elementary Schools 2016
(Brockville) – Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) Director of Education Stephen Sliwa has released the following statement in response to the Fraser Institute’s Report Card on Ontario’s Elementary Schools 2016:
“The Upper Canada District School 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.
“There is no evidence to show that ranking schools improves student learning; nor does it offer a precise understanding of exactly where improvement efforts should be directed. It is more accountable and useful to use data that measures achievement on a student-by-student basis. EQAO test results provide useful information on which to base strategies to improve our learning programs, but it is unfair and misleading to compare schools based only on these scores. 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.”
Posted December 6, 2016