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Find this report on the Superintendents page on To improve student achievement and personal success. After ten years of school improvement planning in the HRSB which schools are on a track of improvement Which ones have yet to gain traction These are questions we asked ourselves in the spring of 2014. To find the answers we analyzed provincial data in math and literacy over a five year period for nearly 100 elementary schools. What we discovered is that there are 20 schools that need different models of support in order to help them improve overall student achievement. This past year we made those 20 schools our priority schools and provided strategic supports specific to their unique needs. Our Continuous School Improvement CSI team pulled together small teams to work with each of the 20 schools. These teams consist of the schools Princi- pal a School Administration Supervisor a Human Resources Manager a leader from Program and a Student Services Facilitator. The teams work collab- oratively to ensure that they are accessing the supports provided effectively. Assistance available to the priority schools includes but is not limited to math and literacy coaches math support teachers and student services special- ists. Teachers were also given professional learning focused on using data to inform instruction and assessment and at the same time setting up the classroom learning environment to support these practices. Various staffing supports through Human Resources were also provided to assist with consis- tency and address the turnover rate of teachers. In addition financial assistance was provided to ensure that the priority schools have books technology and other materials to aid in the implementation of effective classroom instruction and assessment. We are working to support our priority schools in a way we never have before. Classroom based data is showing that its already making a difference We will continue to provide focused support to our priority schools next year through a differentiated model of support. We will continue to monitor and assess progress and adjust our tactics in order to provide the best possible opportunities for these schools to find their success. At George Bissett Elementary School students in all grades have had the opportunity to engage in math clubs and literacy clubs. In this video students dem- onstrate their love of reading as a result of attending bi-weekly book clubs and talking about what theyre reading with their peers. At Southdale - North Woodside School students love to read and write and theyre not afraid to tell you all about it Teachers are using classroom data to inform their instruction and direct the right supports to learners. In this video its clear that students in this Grade 3 class know what they are expected to learn and can articulate the steps they are taking to get there. Staff at Rockingstone Heights School are focusing on helping students learn in a way that is reflective of their lives and experiences outside of school. 2