6 Toronto elementary schools get top spots in Fraser ranking

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The much-anticipated Fraser ranking of elementary schools in Ontario on Sunday, placed six Toronto schools in the top rankings.

The Fraser Institute’s 16th annual “Report Card on Ontario’s Elementary Schools” examined the performance of 3,046 schools based on nine academic indicators. The indicators are derived from students’ scores on standardized tests in reading, writing and math.

Each school is then assigned an overall rating out of 10.

Sixteen schools across the province managed to score a perfect 10, most of them private. Those located in Toronto are as follows:

• Avondale Elementary Alternative School
• Havergal College
• Islamic Institute of Toronto
• Northmount School
• Sathya Sai School
• St. Sebastian Catholic School

Several other schools in the GTA also earned perfect ratings, including four in Mississauga, one in Brampton and one in Ajax.

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You can access the full rankings at http://ontario.compareschoolrankings.org.

Critics of the Fraser Institute’s rankings believe the report places too much emphasis on the results of standardized tests, which ends up compromising the true performance and value of the students.

Reports in previous years have also examined larger provincial trends. However, to do so in a statistically sound way requires at least five years of consecutive data.

This Fraser ranking is viewed with interest by the education ministry which is expected to study what the top-ranked schools are doing differently than their counterparts.

Meanwhile the top-ranked, non-alternative TDSB school in the report this year was Fleming Public School in Scarborough, which earned a 9.5 out of 10 in its overall rating, coming in at number 25 on the list. -CINEWS

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