EQAO: A Source of Information for Evidence-Based Decision

EQAO: A Source of Information for Evidence-Based Decision

EQAO: A Source of Information for Evidence-Based Decision Making Masters Course Presentation Dr. Brian Desbiens, EQAO Chair 1 1

Todays 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 2 Reach Every Student: Energizing Ontario Education High levels of student achievement Reduced gaps in student achievement Increased confidence in publicly

funded education 3 What would it take to ensure student achievement increases at every grade level, subject area, and with every student group? Challenges

Action Plans 4 Where do we use evidence-based decision making in our own personal and professional lives? 5

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

6 What is EQAOs 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 7 What is the Value of Assessing All Students? Recommendation of the Ontario Governments Standing Committee

on Public Accounts, 2010: EQAO should continue its policy of every child testing. 8 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) 9 How do the EQAO Assessments Link

to The Ontario Curriculum? 10 Framework Documents Elementary and Secondary Framework Documents 11

Blueprint for EQAO Assessments 12 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 13 How is Student Achievement Reported? Primary/Junior Student Report 14

What Reports do Schools Receive? 15 Summary of Results and Strategies for Teachers 16

What information does EQAO provide? 17 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 18 Changes in Teacher Practice and 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

19 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. 20 School Self-Assessment Consider: 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? 21 Where do I Find EQAO Resources? www.eqao.com 22

EQAO Web-site 23 Educator Resources @ www.eqao.com

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 24

Curriculum Connections 25 Understanding the Levels of Achievement 26

DATA organized is INFORMATION analyzed is KNOWLEDGE contextualized becomes UNDERSTANDING transferred is INTELLIGENCE used with Integrity is

WISDOM 27 Questions and Answers 28

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