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School Improvement Plan

The Niagara Catholic District School Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement, Kindergarten to Grade 12: 2011- 2013 provides direction for the school improvement planning process in all Catholic elementary and secondary schools of the Board. The Board Improvement Plan aligns with the Ministry of Education School Effectiveness Framework, outlining the goals, strategies, and partnerships required to support the student success of all students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

The Board Improvement Plan is a working document to:

  • Guide the ongoing process of school improvement planning and action for all elementary and secondary schools;
  • Describe the work of central teams in supporting school improvement with a focus on knowledge, skill capacity building, student learning and engagement;
  • Highlight the critical role of the Family of Schools’ Superintendent in supporting schools and school improvement planning with Principals, Vice-Principals and School Improvement Planning Teams.

Comprehensive Needs Assessment

The initiatives and strategies identified in this document are based on an historical and broad analysis of qualitative and quantitative data; including school assessment data, and report card data, student success indicator data, and the Board’s performance on the assessments administered by the Education Quality and Accountability Office. The Board continues to maintain high levels of school and student performance on all provincial assessments, the indicators of Student Success and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test.

Implementation Of Priorities

This plan will continue to build and sustain staff capacity and improve student outcomes through job-embedded professional learning, target setting, and focussed collaborative inquiry. The primary focus of this plan is one of consolidation and “going deeper” through:

  • the instructional and assessment practices that support and enhance understanding, application and communication of learned skills and knowledge,
  • what students, at all ability levels, need to know and do in order to demonstrate learning and achievement of the curriculum expectations and standards,
  • leadership development opportunities for school administrators,
  • network learning sessions for school administrators and teachers, and
  • differentiated supports and facilitated network sessions for under-performing elementary and secondary schools (Schools in the Middle).