Achievement and SIP

Measures of Student Achievement and Success

The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning. It's a shared partnership among staff, students, and parents. Regular attendance of students to classes; ongoing communication between school and home; and support for the student's learning activities are important.

Glen Cairn follows the guidelines set out in the OCDSB Policy and Procedures for Student Evaluation.

Students at Glen Cairn are assessed in a variety of ways. These assessments include teacher observation, conferences, presentations, performance tasks, rubrics, tests, journals, and self and peer evaluation. As well, all of the students keep a digital portfolio of their work which is used to help promote reflections and self-evaluation.

Student progress is reported to parents through telephone calls, graded assignments and tests, student-led conferences, parent teacher interviews and report cards.

A diagnostic assessment of reading occurs in all divisions using PM Benchmarks, DRA and/or CASI.

School Learning Plan

Each year a school improvement plan is developed.  It was noted in assessment data from the 2017-2018 school year, that many students struggled with using multiple models for comparing fractions.  This was the basis point for our 2018-2019 term 1 goal. We will focus on developing students' abilities to select multiple strategies in order to solve problems, and be able to explain their thinking and decision making.  Although our focus highlights fractions in Mathematics, we are able to include all subject areas in our SLP process. Students will be given opportunities to identify fractions in all areas of the curriculum and be provided authentic opportunities to investigate. 

During the 2021-2022 school year teachers will be focusing their instruction around improvements within our Literacy programs with a focus on using Culturally Responsive and Relevant Pedagogy.

All staff will continue to build relationships with students by building on the 8 conditions outlined in The Third Path.

Other Initiatives:

Maximizing professional development opportunities for staff

Review and refinement of leadership opportunities for students

Focus on learning through problems

Promotion of healthy eating habits through our fruit program

Involvement with Healthy Active Schools

Conflict Resolution programs in classrooms and on the yard.

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