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Today’s Outcomes. understand the importance of evidence-based decision making in improving student learning learn more about EQAO as a source of information for evidence-based decision making become familiar with the EQAO assessments as an authentic measure of student learning outcomes

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Today s outcomes

Today’s Outcomes

  • understand the importance of evidence-based decision making in improving student learning

  • learn more about EQAO as a source of information for evidence-based decision making

  • become familiar with the EQAO assessments as an authentic measure of student learning outcomes

  • learn about educator resources that support school improvement planning and instructional decisions

Reach every student energizing ontario education

Reach Every Student: Energizing Ontario Education

  • High levels of student achievement

  • Reduced gaps in student achievement

  • Increased confidence in publicly funded education

Today s outcomes

What would it take to ensurestudent achievement increases atevery grade level, subject area,and with every student group?


Action Plans

Today s outcomes

Where do we use evidence-based decision making in our own personal and professional lives?

Eqao an historical perspective

EQAO: An Historical Perspective

  • Established in 1996

  • Result of the recommendations by the Royal Commission on Learning

  • Created as an arms-length agency of the Ministry of Education

  • Governed by a Board of Directors appointed by Cabinet

What is eqao s mandate

What is EQAO’s Mandate?

To assess all students according to the curriculum expectations in designated subjects and provide accurate, valid and objective information about their performance to:

  • Parents

  • Students

  • Schools

  • School boards

  • Ontario government

  • Public

What is the value of assessing all students

What is the Value of Assessing All Students?

Recommendation of the Ontario Government’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts, 2010:

“EQAO should continue its policy of every child testing.”

When do eqao assessments take place

When do EQAO Assessments Take Place?

  • Primary (Grades 1-3) and Junior (Grades 4-6) Assessments: Reading, Writing & Mathematics

  • Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics (Academic & Applied Programs)

  • Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)

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How do the EQAO Assessments Link to

The Ontario Curriculum?

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Framework Documents

Elementary and Secondary Framework Documents

Blueprint for eqao assessments

Blueprint for EQAO Assessments

Today s outcomes

“To be successful, all organizations need reliable, objective performance data. Students, parents, educators, policy makers and the public benefit from data that can be used to make reasonable judgments about how well schools are performing and to determine what changes need to be made to make schools better for all students.”

Marguerite Jackson, EQAO CEO

Today s outcomes

How is Student Achievement Reported?

Primary/Junior Student Report

What reports do schools receive

What Reports do Schools Receive?

Summary of results and strategies for teachers

Summary of Results and Strategies for Teachers

What information does eqao provide

What information does EQAO provide?

News release

News release

Pinewood Public School, Dryden

“A positive impact on student achievement must begin with an examination of data that informs instruction, and subsequently guides school improvement planning.”

—Max Bernauer, Principal

Changes in teacher practice and school culture

Changes in Teacher Practiceand School Culture

As a result of using data to drive educational decision making, teachers report:

• greater differentiation of instruction

• greater collaboration among staff

• increased sense of teacher efficacy

• improved identification of students’

learning needs

Using Data to Improve Student Achievement 2008

What is a school improvement plan

What is a School Improvement Plan?

The SIP is a road map that sets out the changes a school needs to make in order to improve the level of student achievement and shows how and when these changes will be made.

School self assessment

School Self-Assessment


  • Are we reaching our student learning and achievement goals?

  • How do we know? What is the quantitative and qualitative evidence that supports this?

  • What actions will we take to ensure continuous improvement?

Where do i find eqao resources

Where do I Find EQAO Resources?

Eqao web site

EQAO Web-site

Educator resources @ www eqao com

Educator Resources @

  • Framework Documents (Chapter 6: Blueprint)

  • Understanding the Levels of Achievement

  • Curriculum Connections

  • Administration Guide and Guide for Accommodations & Special Provisions and Exemptions

  • Student Assessment Booklets & Scoring Guides

  • Rubrics

  • Classroom Tips

  • Summary of Results and Strategies for Teachers,

  • Resources to Use with Parents

Curriculum connections

Curriculum Connections

Understanding the levels of achievement

Understanding the Levels of Achievement

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Questions and answers

Questions and Answers

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