Achievement & School Learning Plan (SLP)

Measures of Student Achievement and Success

There are many different methods of student assessment and evaluation at York Street PS. In addition to standardized assessments, we utilize rubrics, student portfolios, and teacher observations, along with other types of formative and summative assessments. We believe that using a wide range of assessment strategies will provide valuable information, and allow for a greater number of opportunities in which students are able to express their learning.

York Street has recently completed its participation in the Turnaround Program, a Ministry initiative that focuses on raising the literacy levels of our students, through funding for resources and training from literacy experts. At the Primary and Junior level, our grade 3 and 6 students are assessed through EQAO, the province wide testing. We are making progress at the primary level and recent results have placed our grade 6 students near the top of the OCDSB and the Provincial standings. Our student performance in the Grade 9 Provincial Math Test and the Grade 10 Literacy test is also monitored so we can continuously improve the delivery of our Intermediate program. Furthermore, our primary teachers use “PM Benchmarks” and our junior and intermediate teachers use “CASI” as testing instruments to ensure the effectiveness of our literacy programs. Teachers also use a host of other methods of assessing student progress so as to adjust their teaching. One of the important purposes of assessment is to evaluate the effectiveness of the instructional strategies. This constant re-evaluation allows assessment to become a tool to promote learning and not just measure it.

School Improvement Plans and Initiatives

School Goals and Improvement Plans

  • To increase levels of literacy and numeracy at all grade levels.
  • To foster and enrich a positive school climate.
  • To encourage and recognize appropriate behaviour in all students, as outlined in the Student Code of Behaviour.
  • Community Partnerships & Initiatives:
  • Adult ESL classes and on-site daycare
  • Algonquin College
  • Bell Canada Volunteers
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa
  • Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa
  • “Crossroads: Mentoring Program
  • Heart of the City Piano Program
  • Kindergarten Literacy Program
  • Lowertown Community Youth Centre- Club 310 After-School Program
  • May Court Club Emergency Food Program
  • OCRI Volunteers in Education
  • Ottawa 67s Hockey Club
  • Ottawa International Children’s Festival
  • Ottawa Public Library- Rideau Branch
  • Ottawa School of Speech and Drama
  • OttawaReads Literacy Program
  • Sandy Hill Community Health Centre
  • School of Dance
  • Tzu Chi Foundation
  • University of Ottawa Partnerships
  • World of Work: Yours to Discover (School-to-Work Fair)
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