The Secondary School Program Review was initiated in 2011 to review the way programs and services are delivered in secondary schools, using the lens of equity of access and breadth of programming. The goals of the review are:
· To create a better understanding of secondary school programming in order to align District decision making to position our students for academic achievement and well-being;
· To address whether there were barriers to student success found in the programs, and if so to identify solutions; and
· To look at secondary schools and their programs as a collective to inform future planning.
One of the first and fundamental steps in the Secondary School Review was the development of the OCDSB Exit Outcomes. This is an inventory of characteristics and skills that we expect all of our students to have developed by graduation. With these Exit Outcomes in place, the Secondary School Review then began a review of different aspects of secondary school programming.
The Secondary School Review included seven major areas of study, including:
The review will make recommendations for changes to the OCDSB Secondary School Program Framework. The framework provides guiding principles for the District's secondary program offerings and establishes guidelines for the different types of program delivery models. It is the organizational template for how secondary school programs should be offered in the District. See current Secondary School Framework. See the proposed Secondary School Framework (Revisions in bold and strike through).
Guiding Principles of the Secondary School Program Framework:
· Equity of access to, and breadth of programming in all community schools (the primary model of secondary school program delivery);
· Equity of access to Inter-School Programs and District Programs for learning not offered in the community school;
· Minimize transitions;
· Program viability and sustainability;
· Digital fluency
Over the course of the review, several detailed reports have been released. These include the following:
· OCDSB Exit Outcomes
April 12, 2016 7:00 p.m. - Gloucester High School, Auditorium, 2060 Ogivlie Road, Gloucester
April 13, 2016 7:00 p.m. - Confederation Education Centre, Cafetorium, 1645 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa
April 27, 2016 7:00 p.m. - Hillcrest High School, 1900 Dauphin Road, Ottawa
May 5. 2016 7:00 p.m. - A.Y. Jackson Secondary School, 150 Abbeyhill Drive, Kanata
Learn more about the consultation here.
Among the key issues considered during the consultation were:
Recommended Changes Highlights:
· Revisions to the Secondary School Program Framework: the framework document has been revised and includes a guiding principle about equity as well as greater clarity around community schools, inter-school programs and district programs.
· MinimizeTransitions for students: Looking forward the District will move towards two school configurations models of Kindergarten to 6, Grade 7 to 12 or Kindergarten to 8, Grade 9 to 12. Any reconfiguration of existing grade structures would occur as part of a pupil accommodation review; this is in alignment with the School Configurations Working Group's analysis of related research that indicates that the number of transitions is inversely proportional to indices of student success.
· Three pathways of core programming leading to graduation diploma or certificate. This is in alignment with the Secondary School Review's overall framing principles of equity of access and opportunity and breadth of programming in our community schools.
· French Immersion/Extended French in all community secondary schools. All composite high schools will offer French Immersion and the designation of an Extended or regular Immersion certificate based on the number of credits achieved; this is in alignment with the SSR's overall framing principles of equity of access and opportunity and breadth of programming.
· Access to Internationally Recognized French Proficiency Exam in all community secondary schools - DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française)
· Additional International Baccalaureate District Program site: Consideration of a second International Baccalaureate District program, located in the western part of the city.