Student assessment is gathered through a number of proven strategies used regularly by the classroom teachers. These would range from the Ready to Learn program checklist in the early years to the more formal written tests in later grades. Student assessment figures prominently in both the Board's Assessment Policy and Action plan. St. Francis Catholic School, like its sister schools, continues to gather student data to use for planning and determining next steps. Observation, anecdotal notes, running records and portfolios are used extensively in the primary grades. Portfolios, with work samples that trace student development and performance in various subject areas will be evident in each classroom. Peer and self-assessment will promote better learning and academic improvement.

Provincial testing (EQAO) also provides another perspective that reflects student progress in relation to those Language and Mathematics standards set out in the new Ontario Curriculum for Grades 3 and 6. The results are considered together with other school information about student performance in reading, writing and mathematics. The staff, board personnel and resource people use these results to: review best practice in teaching, review resources and curriculum development and update the Action Plan.

Our EQAO Results are Suppressed

Protection of Personal Information

In order to ensure the confidentiality of individual student results and to discourage generalizations about school and board performance based on very small populations, EQAO has established a minimum number of participating students for the public reporting of achievement results. As a result, schools and boards with very few students participating in Grade 3 and Grade 6 will have no results posted publicly. Similarly, reports for schools and boards with very few participating students in one grade may have no results provided in some sections of their public report.

The minimum number of participating students for publication of achievement results is 15. The minimum number of respondents for the release of questionnaire results is six. The EQAO term for the application of these rules is "suppression."

For more information regarding EAQO results please contact the school

Plans for the Future

All stakeholders in the St. Francis Catholic School community are committed to seeking ways for continuous improvement in student learning. Professional development for all staff is ongoing. Our school literacy team works together with our Literacy Partners to increase student literacy and numeracy success. We continue to purchase levelled reading materials for JK - 6 students. The PTA/CSAC will continue to target funds to increase literacy resources at the school. CSAC continues its initiatives to heighten the St. Francis Catholic School profile in the immediate neighbourhood. The purpose is to share with others that special character that our school enjoys and to invite them to join and be part of our special community.