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Achievement and SIP

Measures of Student Achievement and Success

Student achievement is measured in a variety of ways at South March Public School. We use student portfolios and student-led conferences which provide a comprehensive view of a child’s progress over time, rather than a static snapshot. Our teachers work collaboratively to ensure consistency in our assessment practices as they work with the Ontario Curriculum. In November, students receive a Progress Report that provides feedback on the learning skills and work habits that are essential to academic achievement. The Progress Report also highlights each student’s strengths and next steps in relation to the curricular expectations set for him/her.

Student achievement is formally reported to parents/guardians on report cards in January and June and at scheduled interviews and/or student-led conferences. We are also using ELOT (Early Learning Observation Tool), PM Benchmarks, La trousse d’évaluation en lecture de GB+, CASI, Évaluation Rapide and Ontario exemplars to gather information about student progress and to refine the delivery of our program. We will use these, along with EQAO results from last spring’s assessment, to plan improvement initiatives for our school. These, along with informal assessments such as daily teacher observation, student daily assignments, unit pre-tests and quizzes, student self-and peer-evaluation (rubrics), will be compiled into an electronic data wall developed by one of our staff.

School Improvement Plans and Initiatives

The School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement will focus on the enhancement of critical thinking with an emphasis on the impact of effective and timely feedback on achievement. The teachers will be looking at feedback in one of three areas: distinctive voice and style in writing, non-fiction reading and writing and patterning and algebra. Our focus on Literacy includes: the further development of a “book room”, a staff resource area that supports classroom programming, the continued implementation of our district initiative on Balanced Literacy, and a focus on Using Higher Order Questioning, Co-creating Success Criteria, Giving Descriptive Feedback, Using Accountable Talk, and Utilizing Exemplars

We continue to use “A Community of Character” as a guiding principle for developing caring citizens by teaching and celebrating the ten character traits (acceptance, respect, appreciation, responsibility, fairness, optimism, perseverance, empathy, integrity and cooperation).

Our “school climate improvement plan” is very important. We are continuing with the process of defining our community as well as traditions and practices.

Partnership and communication between home and school will continue to be an important initiative at South March Public School. Many of our teachers are embracing the idea of Classroom blogs to provide regular and timely feedback to parents/guardians on the learning taking place. All of our school newsletters are electronically available on our website and paper copies can be made available upon request.

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