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Toronto Catholic District School Board

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Curriculum Leadership & Innovation 

  
 
OUR MISSION
The Toronto Catholic District School Board is an inclusive learning community rooted in the love of Christ. We educate students to grow in grace and knowledge and to lead lives of faith, hope and charity.

 
OUR VISION 

At Toronto Catholic we transform the world through witness, faith, innovation and action. 
 
 
One of our Multi Year Strategic Goals is to FOSTER STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND WELL-BEING by supporting our students in meeting the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations. These expectations are foundational to our work and are embedded in Catholic Character Formation.
 
“Distinctive expectations for graduates of Catholic Schools are determined and shaped by the vision and destiny of the human person emerging from our faith tradition. This Christian anthropology or world view reveals the dignity and value of the person…“ Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations, Institute for Catholic Education, Toronto, Ontario.
 
 
 
A CATHOLIC SCHOOL GRADUATE IS EXPECTED TO BE: 
 
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“All students will be engaged in a comprehensive, high quality program, grounded in our Catholic Values and Beliefs as set out in the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations and guided by the School Effectiveness Framework. The emphasis on specific instructional strategies in this plan will be delivered through the components of an effective balanced program” (TCDSB - Board Learning and Improvement Plan 2011-2014).
 
 
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FOSTERING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND WELL-BEING

To support our students in meeting the Ontario Catholic School Graduate
Expectations:
§  Students will exceed the provincial average in literacy and numeracy as measured
   in Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessments by 2015
 
§  Students will exceed the provincial average in credit accumulation and graduation
   rate by 2015
 
§  Students, staff and parents will share a common understanding of the learning
   goals and related success criteria by 2015
 
To support our students’ ability to apply critical and innovative thinking in all subjects we will:
§  Use teaching and learning strategies that have proven results to provide students
   opportunities to become: discerning believers, effective communicators, reflective
   thinkers, self-directed learners, collaborative contributors, caring family             
   members and responsible citizens*
§   Employ a variety of instructional strategies  ensure that individual learning needs
    are accommodated and to engage students fully in learning
§    Increase investments in technology to  better support  digital literacy, creativity,
    innovation collaboration  and the overall needs and aspirations of all students
                                   *Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations
 
         To create equitable learning environments for all students we will:  
§    Provide all students with equal access to learning and technology and strive to
    close the opportunity gap so that the most vulnerable students achieve their full
    potential
§    Strive to ensure that the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs of all
    students are met
§    Strive to ensure all students are eating nutritionally and are physically fit
 
§    Provide all students with safe, healthy learning environments
 
The full TCDSB Multi-Year Strategic Plan for 2012-2015 along with links to all of the supporting documents can be found at: http://www.tcdsb.org/board/pages/multiyearstrategicplan.aspx.
 
 
Key Performance Indicators

Our vision of Catholic education invites each one of us – parents, students, teachers, principals, chaplains, support staff, trustees, clergy, supervisory personnel to work together as a community of believers committed to putting the values of our faith into practice in the daily life of the school, the home, and in all society.”  (Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario)
 
Toronto Catholic has a fine tradition of student achievement and Christian formation that is rooted in our Faith and that has been supported from generation to generation by families, parishes and school communities. 
 
You may access the TCDSB Board Learning and Improvement Plan 2011-2014 by clicking here:   Board learning Improvement Plan
 
 
EQAO Results for Primary, Junior and Grade 9 Assessments Over Time:
 
Primary (Grade 3)
Students achieving at or above the provincial standard (Level 3 and 4): 
 
 
2010-2011
2011-2012
2012-2013
2013-2014
2014-2015
 Reading
TCDSB
64%
66%
67%
70%
69%
ONTARIO
65%
66%
68%
70%
EC*
 Writing
TCDSB
75%
79%
79%
81%
79%
ONTARIO
73%
76%
77%
78%
EC
 Mathematics
TCDSB
67%
68%
67%
66%
64%
ONTARIO
69%
68%
67%
67%
EC
 
·        *Note: Due to exceptional circumstances (EC) in 2015, provincial data are unavailable to report
      provincial results.
·        Over the past five years, the percentage of Grade 3 TCDSB students who performed at or above
      the provincial standard:
      • increased from 64% to 69% in reading
      • increased from 75% to 79% in writing, and,
      • decreased from 67% to 64% in math.
  
Junior (Grade 6)
 Students achieving at or above the provincial standard (Level 3 and 4): 
 
 
2010-2011
2011-2012
2012-2013
2013-2014
2014-2015
 Reading
TCDSB
70%
71%
72%
74%
78%
ONTARIO
74%
75%
77%
79%
EC
 Writing
TCDSB
75%
76%
78%
81%
80%
ONTARIO
73%
74%
76%
78%
EC
 Mathematics
TCDSB
57%
58%
55%
53%
52%
ONTARIO
58%
58%
57%
54%
EC
 
·        Over the past five years, the percentage of Grade 6 TCDSB students who performed at
     or above the provincial standard:
      • increased from 70% to 78% in reading
      • increased from 75% to 80% in writing, and,
      • decreased from 57% to 52% in math.
 
Grade 9
 Students achieving at or above the provincial standard (Level 3 and 4): 
 
 
2010-2011
2011-2012
2012-2013
2013-2014
2014-2015
Academic Mathematics
TCDSB
83%
83%
84%
83%
82%
ONTARIO
83%
84%
84%
85%
EC
Applied Mathematics
TCDSB
38%
39%
40%
44%
44%
ONTARIO
42%
44%
44%
47%
EC
 
·        Results in Grade 9 academic mathematics for the board has remained relatively high and
     stable for many years. In 2014-2015, 82% of students in the academic program were at or
     above the provincial standard.
·        Over the past five years, in Grade 9 applied mathematics, the percentage of students at
      or above the provincial standard has increased from 38% to 44%.
 
OSSLT Results Over Time
 
First-time eligible students who were successful: 
 
March 2011
March 2012
Spring 2013
March 2014
March 2015
TCDSB
83%
82%
82%
84%
83%
Ontario
83%
82%
82%
83%
82%
 
    • 83% of TCDSB students taking the test for the first time were successful; the result for the province is 82%. 
    • The overall success rate on the OSSLT has remained relatively high and stable for many years in both the board and province.