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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 Vis​ion 

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:  
 
A discerning believer formed in the Catholic Faith community who celebrates the signs and sacred mystery of God's presence.An effective communicator who speaks, writes, and listens honestly and sensitively, responding critically in the light of gospelA reflective, creative and holistic thinker who solves problems and makes responsible decisions with an informed moral consciencA self-directed, responsible, lifelong learner who develops and demonstrates their God-given potential. 
A collaborative contributor who finds meaning, dignity and vocation in work which respects the rights of all.A caring family member who attends to family, school, parish, and the wider community.A responsible citizen who gives witness to Catholic social teaching by promoting peace, justice and the sacredness of human life 

 
“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 achieving academic excellence and meeting the Ontario Catholic School Graduate
Expectations:

§  Students will meet or exceed the provincial average in literacy and numeracy as measured in Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessments;

§  Students will exceed the provincial average in credit accumulation and graduation rate;

§  Staff will implement effective assessment practices (for/as learning) that incorporate learning goals, co-created success criteria and provide descriptive feedback to support student learning;

§  Staff will share assessment practices with parents to ensure parent engagement with a common understanding of assessment for/as learning.

To support our students’ ability to apply critical and innovative thinking in all subjects we will:

§  Use evidence-based teaching and learning strategies to provide students opportunities to become discerning believers, effective communicators, reflective thinkers, self-directed learners, collaborative contributors, caring family members and responsible citizens;

§   Use differentiated instruction to ensure that individual learning needs are accommodated and to engage students fully in their learning;

§    Support investments in technology that continue to foster digital literacy, creativity, innovation and collaboration.

To create welcoming, healthy and equitable learning environments for all students:  

§    Provide all students with equitable 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 by promoting a positive school climate, inclusive and accepting of all pupils, and by promoting the prevention of bullying.

The full TCDSB Multi-Year Strategic Plan for 2016-2021 along with links to supporting documents. 

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.


EQAO​ Results Over Time: ​

Primary (Grade 3)
Students achieving at or above the provincial standard (Level 3 and 4): 
 
 
2014-2015
2015-2016
2016-2017
2017-2018
2018-2019
 Reading
TCDSB
69%
NP**
76%
75%
76%
ONTARIO
EC*
72%
74%
75%
74%
 Writing
TCDSB
79%
NP
78%
75%
75%
ONTARIO
EC
74%
73%
72%
69%
 Mathematics
TCDSB
64%
NP
63%
58%
58%
ONTARIO
EC
63%
62%
61%
58%
 
* Note: Due to exceptional circumstances (EC) in 2015, provincial data are unavailable to report provincial results.
** Note: Due to exceptional circumstances in in 2015-2016, TCDSB elementary schools did not participate (NP) in the Primary and Junior Division assessments.
  
Junior (Grade 6)
Students achieving at or above the provincial standard (Level 3 and 4): 
 
 
2014-2015
2015-2016
2016-2017
2017-2018
2018-2019
 Reading
TCDSB
78%
NP
80%
79%
79%
ONTARIO
EC
81%
81%
82%
81%
 Writing
TCDSB
80%
NP
82%
81%
84%
ONTARIO
EC
80%
79%
80%
82%
 Mathematics
TCDSB
52%
NP
48%
47%
44%
ONTARIO
EC
50%
50%
49%
48%
  
Grade 9
Students achieving at or above the provincial standard (Level 3 and 4): 
 
 
2014-2015
2015-2016
2016-2017
2017-2018
2018-2019
Academic Mathematics
TCDSB
82%
83%
83%
83%
83%
ONTARIO
EC
83%
83%
84%
84%
Applied Mathematics
TCDSB
44%
45%
46%
49%
48%
ONTARIO
EC
45%
44%
45%
44%
  

OSSLT Results ​Over Time 

First-time eligible students who were successful:
 
Spring 2015
March 2016
March 2017
March 2018
March 2019
TCDSB
83%
81%
80%
78%
84%
Ontario
82%
81%
81%
79%
80%