Centennial SS to receive provincial award for improvement

Congratulations to Centennial Secondary School, one of 27 schools chosen to receive the provincial Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement.

Centennial is being recognized for making effective use of provincial assessment data and evidence from other sources to enhance and support student achievement.

A news release from the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) states, “All schools are notable for their demonstration of leadership, proactive initiatives and sincere effort to help every child succeed. These are schools that have adopted an action plan based on their unique circumstances and are working toward improved student outcomes.”

Here is an excerpt from a case study featuring Centennial Secondary School:

Over time, the Centennial staff has become adept at accessing this diversity of data and creating meaning from it. The staff members are consistent in their approach, continually refining the implementation of their school improvement plan. Each year they become more precise in establishing next steps. Just as the teachers differentiate in the classroom, the board has developed a differentiated approach to the schools. It offers a number of supports, but the schools are given autonomy to decide which supports are best suited to their needs.

This year, staff focused on EQAO Student Questionnaires. Student responses have had a direct affect on programming. For example, teachers realize that the use of digital communication engages students and makes basic literacy skills more meaningful to them.

Principal Ian Press comments, “The Gradual Release of Responsibility model has been very effective and our consistency over time has been a key factor in our success. Building relationships that allow staff to engage in distributive leadership is essential. We have a passion for literacy, and teach literacy the same way in Geography as we do in Science and in English. We teach literacy skills to make students successful, not only on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, but in all their courses.”

This recognition program was established to recognize the work of schools and to pay tribute to Dr. Stephenson’s lifelong commitment and contribution to education and public service. As minister of both Education and Colleges and Universities from 1978 to 1985, and as an original member of EQAO’s Board of Directors, Dr. Stephenson has made an enormous contribution to public education in the province.

School and Board representatives will receive the award at a ceremony Thursday, November 15, 2012 in Toronto.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Last updated: November 15, 2012 at 8:23 am
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