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Elementary School Success Study


Characteristics of Elementary Schools Achieving Consistently High or Low Percentages of Students at the Provincial Standard on EQAO Assessments (May 2013)

This study was commissioned by Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office and led by Dr. Stephen Anderson.  The study investigates and compares characteristics and factors associated with school effectiveness in a sample of 22 Ontario elementary schools. The schools were selected for variation in performance levels on the provincial accountability tests (high vs. low performing) and student SES characteristics (high/average SES, low SES). In each school the data included a survey administered to all K-6 teachers, individual interviews with two primary and two junior division teachers, principal interviews, and focus group interviews with 5-6 teachers, parents, and grades 5-6 students.  The survey inquired about teachers’ professional practices (e.g., instructional and assessment methods, collaboration with other teachers, professional learning, data use), teacher beliefs (e.g., sense of efficacy), principal leadership, and parental involvement.  The interviews asked teachers to comment on teaching practices, school goals, professional collaboration, professional development, school and community characteristics, school improvement activities, and parental involvement.

The authors incude: Stephen E. Anderson, Joelle Rodway-Macri,  Anna Yashkina, and Daniela Bramwell.


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