Achievement and SIP

Measures of Student Achievement and Success

Achievement is measured according to the ministry standards. Staff is committed to maintaining open communication between themselves and parents.
In the spring of each year, grades 3 and 6 students participate in the EQAO provincial assessment of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. This assessment takes place over a five day period with the individual student results sent home in the fall of the following year. Several times during the year, Primary teachers administer PM Benchmarks as part of our reading assessment while Junior and Intermediate teachers use an instrument known as CASI. Our kindergarten teacher administers the Early Learning Observation Tool which provides important information to guide instructional choices. Measurement of student achievement is ongoing and done through rubrics, student projects, portfolios, daily assignments, peer evaluation, cooperative learning, and student-led conferences all which are used to guide instructional approaches and strategies.

School Improvement Plans and Initiatives

Along with the analysis of our EQAO results, we have reviewed daily observations of student performance, report card marks, OCDSB tests, and a variety of demographic factors.
Literacy, Numeracy, and Character Education are the three main areas of focus at our school. We are working in all three areas to ensure a collective, cross- divisional effort is made to provide ample opportunities for our students to be successful. As a school, we continue to focus on literacy and numeracy in all three divisions and curriculum areas. This year’s School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (SIPSA) focuses on providing students with the skills to further develop the ability to express their thinking about a variety of graphic representations and cite evidence to support their reasoning in order to independently and collaboratively gather, organize, display, and analyze data. This SIPSA goal complements last year’s goal where we targeted the student’s ability to express their thinking about a variety of written text. Our school is also committed to welcoming and engaging parents as partners in their child’s education. We enjoy the benefits of the OttawaReads program and our partnership with IBM and Carleton University in providing literacy opportunities for primary students. Carleton Heights is on a Balanced Day schedule which has been very successful now in its fourth year of implementation.
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