Achievement and SIP

Measures of Student Achievement and Success

Student achievement is measured in many ways at DRK and is based on the guidelines established in the OCDSB Policy and Procedures for Student Evaluation. This information is available on the Board’s website. The purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning. Our teachers use a variety of assessment methods to monitor student achievement including daily observation, pencil/paper tasks, projects, response journals, quizzes and end of unit tests. Our students are provided with a variety of opportunities to demonstrate their mastery of subject knowledge. Other measures of student achievement that are used include:

  • EQAO: Annual provincial testing at the Grade 3 and Grade 6 levels in language and mathematics

  • Primary teachers assess the reading abilities of their students in the fall and in the spring using PM benchmarks. GB+ is used to assess students in our Middle Immersion program. Ontario Exemplars and CASI (junior, intermediate) are also used to gather information on student progress.

  • This information combined with report cards marks, daily observations of student performance, a variety of demographic factors and numerous other sources gives us a sound base from which we can better determine the direction and focus for our School Improvement Plan.

  • Students requiring additional support and assistance are referred by their classroom teacher to a School Based Special Education Team. The team, including our Learning Support Teachers, Principal, Vice Principal, together with the classroom teacher, assess the needs of the student and determine a course of action which may include further observation or assessment, accommodations and modifications within a regular class setting, LST support or referrals to outside specialists. Our Special Education team is always available to assist classroom teachers in planning for the needs of all their students.

School Improvement Plans and Initiatives

In consultation with School Council, the staff has identified the following areas for school improvement initiatives:

Critical Thinking and Literacy Skills

To improve student critical thinking, reading comprehension and writing fluency through engaging and interactive tasks and the Balanced Literacy framework.


To improve the problem solving ability of students.

Social Skills

To promote a safe and caring learning environment through increased awareness of the global community.

Our School Improvement Plans primarily focus on Literacy, Numeracy, and Character Education. Teachers participate in various Professional Learning Communities, share their ideas, host curriculum information nights and jointly select resources to support their teaching and modify the strategies to teach strands of reading, writing and mathematics.

Our focus on Critical Thinking and Literacy includes initiatives such as our annual celebration of Literacy in January, as well as the design and implementation of creative and critical thinking tasks and the Balanced Literacy program throughout the year. Students experience Shared Reading, Read Alouds, and Guided Reading opportunities in our Primary, Junior and Intermediate Divisions.

Literature Circles are introduced at the Junior level and prevalent in our Intermediate sector. We have also established Reading Resource Rooms for each of our Divisions where teachers can access a variety of reading materials and resources for their classrooms.

Other Initiatives:

  • Cross-grade reading buddies

  • Workshops with feeder schools for students and parents

  • World of Work for grade 8s

  • Visits to public library

  • Swimming at Dovercourt Community Pool grade 3s

  • Pythagoras Math contest

  • Gauss Math contest

  • Holiday Celebration

  • Pizza and Subway Days

  • Lunch Lady

  • Visits to a Senior Centre

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