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BOY - EQAO Reiterates It Does Not Support the Ranking of Schools

posted Apr 19, 2018, 1:08 PM by Gary Levante   [ updated Apr 19, 2018, 1:34 PM ]

From Norah Marsh, Chief Executive Officer, EQAO

As you may be aware, the Fraser Institute released its Report Card on Ontario’s Secondary Schools 2018 on February 18, 2018. This follows the publication of the Institute’s elementary-level report in December 2017. EQAO continues to oppose the ranking of schools, and it does not support the use of its data for that purpose. This practice not only distracts from conversations about improving learning outcomes and circumstances for all students but also invites oversimplified comparisons between schools and boards. For these reasons, EQAO will not refer to or highlight the Institute’s work and ranking system in any of our materials.

The public availability of each school’s EQAO assessment results serves EQAO’s mandate of contributing to the accountability and transparency of the province’s publicly funded education system. While EQAO data are useful tools to help improve student learning and achievement, the data are best examined alongside other factors that influence student achievement. This is why EQAO will never compare schools