Our school follows the guidelines set out in the OCDSB Policy and Procedures for Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting, available on the Board’s website. Teachers employ a variety of assessment methods, strategies, and tools to measure the achievement of our students and inform their instruction to improve student learning. In addition, staff employs very specific assessment tools such as the following:
• ELOT (Early Literacy Observation Tool) is a kindergarten observation tool that focuses on early literacy skills.
• PM Benchmarks (English) and GB+ (Immersion) assess student achievement and assist teachers to monitor primary students’ reading development.
• CASI (Comprehension/Attitudes/Strategies/Interest) assessment and CAT3 (Canadian Achievement Test 3rd Edition) assessment are used to further develop learning profiles for our students in the junior grades
• Other assessment tools are used early in the year in the classroom setting to inform curriculum planning, and then followed up as the year progresses as appropriate.
• Formal in-school assessment may be required as a result of an Action Plan to assist students at risk, developed in consultation between homeroom and subject area teachers, school and board personnel (LST, LSC, psychologist, speech pathologist, etc.) and parents.
School Improvement Plans and Initiatives
Several working committees of staff and administration use a number of information sources to assess areas of strength or concern, in order to draw up and implement our School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (SIPSA). We examine data from E.Q.A.O., PM Benchmarks, GB+, CAT-3, and school generated results, cross-referenced with report card marks, comments and classroom observation. Instructional coaches assigned to Glen Ogilvie support primary and junior staff in achieving board and school goals. Curriculum Services provides direct support to our teaching staff implementing Ministry Literacy and Numeracy initiatives through workshops, training, and professional development newsletters. Staff collaborates with our School Council to refurbish the library, updating the collection, and improving the layout to promote maximum reader use. Character education, “A Community of Character”, is embedded in our daily school life, in curriculum selection, in student and staff recognition, in all aspects of safety procedures and in student rights and responsibilities. Our Board wheel of Character Development is found in student agendas, and is displayed prominently throughout the school.