Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The new addition to the family! "Misty" is an 8 week old Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The school where I work is in, what is known as, a "Priority Neighbourhood". The students are described as "Urban Youth", or "At Risk Youth". Standardized provincial test scores in literacy and numeracy are below the Board average. There is a school wide initiative to raise these test scores.

One of the annual province wide tests is the Gr 10 Literacy test which happens in March. It is a requirement that all students pass this test in order to graduate high school. In some schools the pass rate is very high, close to 100%, whereas here at my school the rate is 64%. (The board average is 80% pass, 84% provincially.)

Teachers have to supervise the process and it is really easy to do because it is not the sort of test on which you can cheat. So basically it involves making sure that the process is done fairly according to the EQAO's instructions. It leaves me a lot of time to draw. I didn't get as many good drawings done in the time as I have in past years. This one is about the only "good" one that I did in the time the test was on.