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WRDSB holds town hall meeting tonight on student achievement

Waterloo Region District School Board will be holding their first ever town hall meeting Tuesday night to discuss with parents and the community their plan to improve student achievement.

WRDSB to implement a strategic plan to help improve math scores, graduation rates and student well-being

The board plans to increase the percentage of student achievement in math by eight per cent yearly on Grades 3, 6 and Grade 9 at the applied level. (iStockphoto)

The Waterloo Region District School Board(WRDSB) will be holding its first ever town hall meeting Tuesday night to discuss with parents and the community their plan to improve student achievement in a number of areas, including EQAO scores.

In the past, student EQAO scores, particularly in math, have been below the provincial average and graduation rates are also lower than the provincial standard.

"It's a complex matter. I don't think you can point the finger at one particular item," said John Bryant, WRDSB's director of education. "It's  a multi-complex area that we have to look at from Kindergarten to Grade 12."

He adds that the school board has hired an expert to help better understand the research and data from study areas, like EQAO, and use it to improve outcomes.

They have also set up a "dashboard" that will regularly inform them on their progress throughout the year.

"We are not going to wait until June to find out how we are doing," Bryant said "Each month we are taking a good look at it, looking at the data and how it informs us as we work through a strategic plan."

The plan

Over the last year, the WRDSB has worked on a new strategic with three priorities that focuses on student experience and learning, staff and families support, plus building students' confidence and success for the future.

Through those priorities, school board staff developed a set of goals it hopes to accomplish, such as:

  • Increase the percentage of student achievement in applied level math by eight per cent yearly on Grades 3, 6 and Grade 9 
  • Increase graduation rates by five per cent in the next five years through a K-12 strategy
  • Support areas of cognitive emotional,social and physical well-being of staff and students

Parents and the community are encouraged to provide feedback on the plan throughout the meeting.

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