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Ontario elementary schools show moderate improvement in Fraser report card

The average elementary school in the Greater Toronto Area showed only moderate improvement this year, according to the latest rankings by the Fraser Institute.

The Fraser Institute Report uses nine academic factors based on the province’s standardized EQAO test scores to rate 2,714 public, Catholic, and francophone elementary schools in Ontario.

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Some Toronto schools were tops in the province, however the average for GTA schools only jumped to 6.6 out of 10, up from 6.5 from last year.

“This is why the Fraser Institute school report card is the go-to source for measuring academic improvement: it highlights school success stories from Murillo in the west to Cornwall in the east and from Timmins in the north to Windsor in the south,” said Peter Cowley, Fraser Institute director of school performance studies.

Among the 20 fastest improving schools are Stella Maris and Heron Park, both in Toronto, along with Munns, located in Oakville.

The institute says the school improvement is happening in all regions of the province, which shows that all schools are capable of improvement regardless of the personal or family challenges their students may face.

On the down side, the institute found nearly 30 per cent of GTA schools scored below the provincial standard.

The lowest ranking school in the GTA was Parkdale, while 15 schools tied for first place, with 11 of them in the GTA.

Those included Hillmount, Kennedy and Seneca Hill, all in Toronto, and St. Justin the Martyr in Unionville.

Other top-ranking schools in Toronto included Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Arbor Glen, Deer Park, Havergal College, Islamic Foundation and Sathya Sai.

The Fraser institute says their report helps parents and educators prioritize learning challenges in their schools.