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Ontario Statistical Neighbours (OSN): Collaboration that Makes Ontario’s Students Winners. A Presentation by the Ontario Ministry of Education Community Services Cluster (CSC) & The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat (LNS) August 24th, 2010. Impetus for Change.
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A Presentation by the Ontario Ministry of Education
Community Services Cluster (CSC) &
The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat (LNS)
August 24th, 2010
72 school boards/4,000+ elementary schools/approximately 1.4 million students
Need to support accountability for improvement
School board planning tool to improve school performance
Schools’ ability to find their “statistical neighbours” so they can link up and learn from each other, by sharing effective practices
Analysis, Report Generation In Minutes, Not Days/Weeks
High quality granular student data collected from schools
LNS, CSC*, ESAB** worked collaboratively to develop prototype for testing
2007, rolled out to Ministry of Education
2009, re-engineered in 6 months for school boards
Exemplary Collaboration Model
*Community Services I&IT Cluster
**Education, Statistics and Analysis Branch
“State systems everywhere face two problems: getting good quality data on students and schools and putting these data in accessible formats that can be used constructively for policy and operational decisions. The Statistical Neighbours interface is a remarkable, world-class achievement by LNS, one that places Ontario well ahead of other systems.”
– Professor Allan Luke, University of Queensland, Australia
“OSN is a powerful, unique and innovative tool combining data, technology and education capacity to inform evidence-based decision-making for school improvement strategies.”
- Carol Campbell, Executive Director, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education
“Permits reviewing of data re a number of schools via a different lens"
“Easily connects information with planning”
– Ontario School Principals
“While it’s true the Ontario government’s goal is to have 75 per cent of all children meet provincial standards, you have to get there step by step, and helping schools succeed compared with their so-called ‘statistical neighbours’ is one of the very precise first steps.”
– Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto) and Special Advisor to the Premier and the Minister of Education
“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.”~ Henry Ford
OSN – A Collaborative Success on Every Level and, Especially, for Ontario’s Students!