Toronto District School Board

Student Achievement & Well-being


We Will Champion Aboriginal Education and advance achievement
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Our Actions Will Result In;

  • Increased supports for self-identification, including the appreciation of Aboriginal perspectives, values and cultures by staff, students, Trustees;
  • Effective advocacy and increased resources to improve success for Aboriginal students;
  • 100% increase in the number of FNMI students that self – identify;
  • Increased success rates for Aboriginal students by 15% in provincial reading, writing and mathematics.

We Will Achieve ambitious targets in the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (BIPSA)
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Our Actions Will Result In;

  • The ambitious achievement of all BIPSA targets resulting in higher levels of achievement by all learners;
  • 100% of Senior Kindergarten students meeting reading expectations as measured by the Developmental Reading Assessment or Alpha-jeune Reading Assessment by their beginning of grade one year;
  • 10% increase in grade 3 and 6 provincial literacy and numeracy achievement results;
  • 50% reduction of students placed in congregated Special Education classes;
  • 5% increase in the number of students who have accumulated 16 credits by the end of their grade 10 year;
  • 10% reduction in average student absenteeism rates.

We Will Build a strong foundation for Early Years Learning and Care
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Our Actions Will Result In;

  • Seamless and effective alignment of child care services, professional learning, wrap around services, play-based instructional programming;
  • Ensure the successful implementation of phase one to five Full Day Kindergarten in 402 schools and the Schools-First Child Care Capital Retrofit Policy – EL4 and The Ontario Early Years Policy Framework.

We Will Implement an effective Children and Youth Mental Health & Well-being Strategy
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Our Actions Will Result In;

  • Establish and implement high quality services and programs, caring school cultures, supportive social environments and community partnerships to support children and youth mental health and well-being needs;
  • 100% of school staff will receive training on the Foundations of Mental Health, including anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide;
  • 50% increase each year in the number of secondary schools engaged in anti-stigma initiatives.

We Will Fulfil our commitment to Equity & Inclusive Schools
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Our Actions Will Result In;

  • 100% of Families of Schools and Central Departments will have relevant Professional Learning Communities that focus on visibly improving culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy and/or competencies, inclusive curriculum and assessment practices, student achievement of racialized and special needs learners, school climate and school community relationships.

We Will Lead Internationalization and Global Education
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Our Actions Will Result In;

  • Positive Board profile globally as a leading edge, responsive, quality public education system, as demonstrated by an increase in revenue generating delegations requesting to visit and learn from the TDSB and an increase of 25% of International Students attending our schools.
  • 100% of schools engaged in District Reviews will show development of global education competencies in staff and students.
  • Read our Internationalization and Global Education strategy

We Will Implement Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Programming
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Our Actions Will Result In;

  • Increased STEM-related accountability plans, including those that support improved K-12+ Mathematics and Financial Literacy outcomes;
  • 100% of Model Schools for Inner Cities schools with STEM-related programs and initiatives, including before and after school, summer learning opportunities and Parent Academies, professional learning for all Learning Classroom Teachers and Wi-Fi infrastructure support in all schools.
  • 100% of Families of Schools and Central Departments with proficient Professional Learning Communities that focus on the implementation of STEM pedagogy to develop students creative and design thinking within and across the disciplines of science, technology and mathematics.

We Will Foster Student Creativity, Leadership and Ethical Citizenship
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Our Actions Will Result In;

  • An annual Arts Festival: Dare to Create which validates and empowers student voice and creativity through dance, drama, media arts, visual arts and music as represented through our youth's artistic creations as perceived through their eyes;
  • Transformation of learning for all students where technologies are used by students to interface between physical and virtual worlds fluently, to travel across diverse communities discerning and respecting multiple perspectives, grasping and following alternative norms, and to ethically remix ideas and content, and evaluate credibility of information sources across multiple modalities.

Student Achievement
Our Mission
To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and to acquire
the knowledge, skills, and values
they need to become responsible members of a democratic society.
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