Your Ward 9 & 10 Catholic School Trustee

Recent School Board Achievements

Strategic System Review Survey

In May 2014, the Board undertook a large-scale strategic review survey of stakeholders with a view to incorporating data gleaned from the survey into the development of the Board’s new Strategic System Plan, which would provide direction for the next five years. The survey was completed by May 31, 2014. During the summer, the results were analyzed and a report was delivered to the Board on August 26.

The survey results told us that parents/guardians and students are highly satisfied with our Catholic schools and the Catholic education we provide.

The Executive Summary of the Board Report provides an overview of the survey and the results. For those interested in more detail, the full report is provided.

A recent survey showed Catholic parents, guardians and students are highly satisfied by our:

  • Faith- filled Schools
  • Student Achievement
  • Clean Safe Schools
  • Positive Learning environment
  • Strong parish/home school relationships
  • Divers and culturally responsive schools
  • Community Engagement
  • Full-range of extra-curricular
  • Appropriate use of technology in schools

Elementary EQAO Results

Dufferin-Peel students continue to outpace provincial EQAO averages

Results of the recently released 2013-2014 Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessments mark the sixth consecutive year in which the percentage of Dufferin-Peel students achieving at, or above, the provincial standard (Levels 3 or 4) in Grades 3 and 6 has equalled or exceeded the provincial averages.

Dufferin-Peel students exceeded the provincial average by a minimum of 3% in five of the six assessment areas, while matching the provincial average in primary mathematics. The results from the spring 2014 administration of the (EQAO) primary and junior division assessments of reading, writing and mathematics highlight the continuing high levels of achievement among Dufferin-Peel students.

Dufferin-Peel’s trend of high achievement levels on the EQAO tests was maintained in the primary and junior assessments. Reading and writing in both Grades 3 and 6 have demonstrated steady, incremental improvement over the last five years (spring 2009 through spring 2014). Similar to the provincial trend, primary mathematics achievement in Dufferin-Peel has declined slightly over time. The board continues to show good performance in junior mathematics, but recognizes the need to further improve student learning in this key subject area.

“Dufferin-Peel students have met or exceeded the province’s benchmark, as well as outperformed the provincial average consistently over time,” said John Kostoff, Director of Education. “This is reflective of the culture of excellence that we strive to foster among students and staff at Dufferin-Peel. We continue to work hard on behalf of all students, to share best practice, advance new teaching and learning concepts and continue to improve student learning, achievement and well-being among all our learners.”

“It takes a collaborative effort by all parties – students, parents/guardians, faculty, staff, administrators and trustees to maintain this level of excellence over time,” said Mario Pascucci, Chair of the Board. “As trustees, we are committed to allocating resources and doing all we can to ensure that our students are put in the best position possible to succeed. These results, as well as our continuous improvement over time, are great indicators that we are right on track.”

The EQAO assessments provide an indication of each student’s achievement in reading, writing and mathematics. The spring 2014 assessment results for elementary students report on these three subject areas for two groups of students: Grade 3 students (primary assessments) and Grade 6 students (junior assessments).

The results for students in all six elementary assessments compared to the provincial averages are presented below:




Primary Reading



Primary Writing



Primary Mathematics



Junior Reading



Junior Writing



Junior Mathematics



The board will further analyze the EQAO results to provide support to schools, students and parents/guardians to ensure that more students continue to improve in all assessment areas. Each school has its own plan, which will be reviewed in the context of the test results, to improve students’ skills in all subject areas. School plans include strategies to assist all students, including intervention and reinforcement for students who did not achieve the provincial standard.

“EQAO assessments are but one of the tools we use to gauge student achievement and we are quite pleased with our results, not only with this assessment, but with our upward trending results over time,” said Sheila McWatters, Associate Director of Instructional Services, “By the same token, we know that we still have work to do and want to ensure our parents/guardians and students that we will continue to work strategically and prudently to improve even further in all subject areas.”

Board and individual school results will be available on the board website later this fall. Additional information on the various assessments can be obtained through the EQAO website.

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is an independent agency whose mandate is to ensure greater accountability and help improve the quality of education.

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is one of the largest and most diverse school boards in Ontario. It currently serves approximately 83,000 students in 149 schools located throughout Mississauga, Brampton, Bolton, Caledon and Orangeville. It is the goal of the board to provide quality education to students in a setting which fosters Catholic values and beliefs.