Quinte Secondary School’s work towards student success through the use of data from provincial test results has been recognized by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) with a Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement.
Quinte was one of six publicly-funded high schools from across Ontario profiled in the EQAO report on the results of the 2008 – 2009 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, noted for their success at raising their students’ literacy skills.
The award was established in April, 2009, by the EQAO as a tribute to Stephenson’s lifelong commitment and contribution to education.
Quinte Secondary School was honoured for efforts over many years and use of EQAO results to improve student learning by following provincial assessment results in contributing to “school improvement planning; support for student achievement; leadership, proactive initiatives, positive attitudes and sincere efforts to help each child succeed; an action plan based on the unique school circumstances; and work toward improved student outcomes.”
Vice principal Doug Callaghan said he is proud of the improvements the school has made. He said he thinks all schools look at the test results and examine ways to use analysis of the results to make improvements.
“What we worked on last year was individualized programs for students and making sure students had some personalization in classes and work they are doing for literacy,” Callaghan said
Principal Lisa Vincent and superintendent of education Jan Montgomery attended the awards presentation in Toronto.
“I am extremely proud of QSS team of teachers and educational assistants who help students daily to achieve their academic goals,” Vincent said. “I would like to thank staff and the QSS parents for their commitment to all students and of course, congratulations to our students for their outstanding academic achievement.”.
Montgomery said it was a privilege to be present at a celebration that represents the excellent work being done in our secondary schools to improve outcomes for all students.
“Meeting Dr. Bette Stephenson was truly an honour,” Montgomery said. “I am proud of Quinte staff and their dedication to students.”
Stephenson has a background that includes medicine, politics, provincial government, professional administration and community service. She is a director emeritus of the EQAO board.