Measures of Student Achievement and Success
At Metcalfe P.S., our teachers collaborate to ensure consistency in our assessment practices as they work with the Ontario Curriculum. Student achievement is formally reported to parents through a mid-term progress report in the Fall, and the report cards are issued in early February and at the end of June. We use PM Benchmarks, GB+, DRA, and CASI to gather information about student progress and to refine the delivery of our program. The results from these assessments along with the data generated from the previous year’s EQAO results are used to develop our school’s annual School Improvement Plan. Our students participate in provincial testing (EQAO) during Grades 3 and 6. Our Grade 8 students are recognized at the end of each year for their academic, athletic and leadership accomplishments, some of which include: general proficiency, sportsmanship, citizenship, French, music, and fine arts. Our junior and intermediate students participate in the Canspell Spelling Bee. Our primary students participate in a Storytelling challenge.
School Improvement Plans and Initiatives
Our School Improvement Plan has as its focus the development of specific reading and writing skills as well as a commitment to explore ways to increase parental involvement in our school. We have set Smart Goals, which are measured indicators of improvement based on EQAO results, other assessment tools and student response to programming. We closely examine the EQAO results, as well as ongoing assessments to identify areas of potential growth in programming for literacy and numeracy. For the 2013-2014 school year, the focus for our School Improvement Plan is using non-fiction resources/texts to analyze, respond to and evaluate information from different perspectives. Students will establish a distinctive style and voice as well as will demonstrate critical thinking skills by embedding criteria in their responses, as measured by the evidence of progress. Professional Activity Days allow us to build capacity, as we continue to highlight high yield strategies to improve student learning. We continue to build our resource rooms to serve our staff and entire student population. Our Code of Learning is an integral part of the daily curriculum in all grades and there is an emphasis on positive consequences for appropriate work and behaviour and a progressive discipline approach to help students in conflict situations. We are continuing our emphasis on communication between home and school, to strengthen this critical partnership.