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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HPEDSB students improve on provincial literacy test
14 June 2006, Belleville, Ontario—Today the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board released the results of the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). It is very good news for students in both the Applied and Academic streams where results continue to improve.

Overall, the percentage of students who were successful on the test on the first attempt rose to 86 percent, compared to the provincial average of 84 percent. This represents a 3 percent improvement for HPEDSB students over last year’s results.

“The Board is very proud of it students who continue to show improvement on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test,” remarks Judy Edgar, Chair of the Board. “These results are a further indication that the ongoing refinement of teaching strategies and enhanced programming contribute to student achievement.”

Throughout the 2005-2006 school year, HPEDSB continued to support students through initiatives such as literacy camps, after-school literacy programs and Student Success classes.

“I am very pleased to see the continued growth,” observes Kathy Soule, Director of Education. “It is through the combined efforts of everyone involved—students, teachers, educational assistants, principals and vice-principals, support staff, and parents and guardians—that the Board’s students are achieving above the provincial average.”

Establishing supports for teachers is another factor that contributed to students’ improved results. During the 2005-2006 school year, HPEDSB teachers participated in a variety of professional development activities linked to Ministry of Education literacy strategies. HPEDSB teachers have place a greater emphasis on the writing process and how to enhance it across the curriculum.

The purpose of the OSSLT is to determine whether students have achieved the minimum acceptable level of reading and writing skills described in The Ontario Curriculum, across all subjects, to the end of Grade 9.

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 54 schools serving 18,400 students, employing 1,070 teachers and 705 support staff. The Board covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south, and Quinte West to the west.

For information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, (613) 966-1170, or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354