2014 – 2015 Report to the Community

                                   Oxford School’s Community Report

                                                             2014-2015

 

Provincial and Board Assessments
School (%)

2014-15

Board (%)

2014-15

Literacy Assessments
Grade 3 Provincial
Reading 50% 68%
Writing – Ideas 44% 77%
Writing – Organization 19% 62%
Writing – Language Use 19% 66%
Writing – Conventions 31% 53%
Grade 6 Provincial
Reading 87% 78%
Writing – Ideas 100% 78%
Writing – Organization 80% 64%
Writing – Language Use 87% 69%
Writing – Conventions 53% 60%
Grade 8 Provincial
Reading 77% 76%
Math Assessments
Grade 4 Provincial
Mathematics 81% 76%
Grade 6 Provincial
Mathematics 87% 72%
Grade 8 Provincial
Mathematics 75% 58%

 

 

Staff and students at Oxford are working hard to improve in a variety of areas. In mathematics we have a school wide goal to improve our problem solving skills. In literacy we are striving to improve our non–fiction writing.

Elementary teachers are working with students to help them develop writing skills in ways that are age appropriate. Students are learning skills for problem solving that increase with complexity as they move through each grade.

When it comes to writing, teachers are setting clear targets for students. These targets are designed to help students develop the skills they need to create written work through the writer’s workshop model. Writer’s workshop is about having students work in collaboration with the teacher and their peers. It involves mini lessons that target different aspects of writing. Mini lessons may include topics related to brainstorming, organizing ideas, language use or conventions. Writer’s workshop also involves regular conferencing with the teacher and other students. As they move through elementary school workshop is refined and the expectation for students entering junior high is to be using writer’s workshop on a regular basis with their learning.

In mathematics problem solving looks very different as you move from grade to grade. In grades primary to three students are building confidence with their understanding of numbers and patterns and by grade four many students are working on problem solving with a greater sense of confidence and independence.

Our junior high students are using problem solving well beyond the math classroom as problem-based learning begins to trickle into their technology education, sciences and art work.

At each level we have regularly scheduled time for our teachers to share aspects of teaching, time to pool their expertise and learn from one another ways to increase student achievement. One area of focus for teachers is formative assessment of learning that relies on each day’s observations, conversations with learners and products of students’ work rather than on a single test. Successful formative assessment involves teachers setting clear targets that are linked to curriculum, planning for learning tasks that allow students to demonstrate their thinking, giving regular feedback to move students towards the targets, and reflecting on the progress students are making. It also involves teaching students to assess their own learning and to assess and give feedback to their peers and classmates.

We are proud of our assessment results as they represent a lot of hard work and dedication to student success. While we can see that our grade three students have room to improve we recognize that this is their first formal test and for many student the experience is not the best way to measure their ability. What is so exciting for us is that our students in Grade 6 and Grade 8 are well above the school board average for most aspects of literacy. We are pleased to see that our students are performing above the board average in mathematics across all three grades. These successful results are just the beginning as we are continuously seeking ways to improve.

At Oxford we are working to create a culture of excellence. It is our hope that students develop as leaders in the classroom, leaders in athletics, leaders in the arts, and leaders in our school community. We offer extracurricular activities that range from competitive chess to ultimate Frisbee and everything in between. We have a tremendously diverse student population with over 37 nations represented and eight first languages spoken. We are proud of our school, of our students, of our staff and our community. Each day is a celebration of all we are as a school family and all we share in a culture of peace and always with Oxford Pride.