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HDSB Board accomplishments 2010-14


Initiatives 2010-2014



  • Expanded from 10 courses and 16 classes in 2010 to 38 courses and 56 classes in 2014.

  • 1000+ teachers trained to access e-learning modules as an instructional strategy.  


Mental Health

  • Mental Health lead established and provincial leading  Mental Health Strategy developed.


Boundary Reviews

  •   9 Boundary Reviews conducted to establish enrollments for new schools and to address overcrowding at others.



  • Applied Math Strategy developed improving the results by 9% in one year.  Dreambox software purchased for implementation in grade 4 classes.


Early Literacy

  • Early literacy provides special assistance to grade 1 students in 29 schools as an early intervention strategy.


Special Education

  • Special education testing wait time reduced by 38% from2010 to 2014.

  • Development and implementation of Employability Skills Certificate and Volunteer Skills Certificate;

  • Standard alternate curriculum for all students taking alternate curriculum to be able to measure success;

  • Review of Life Skills/Centre programs with recommendations to be fully implemented by Sept. 2015;

  • Hiring of an Occupational Therapist to fill the gap in service for students from CCAC; provide early intervention and access to the curriculum;

  • Increase in number of SLPs to support students;

  • Moving special education classes in order to reduce the number of transitions for students with special education needs in these classes;

  • Training of lunchtime supervisors;

  • Trustee Representation on Accessibility;



Admin procedures

  • 90% of all Administrative procedures reviewed and revised.

  • Concussion Protocol developed and initiated. Concussion added to the Grade 9 Health Curriculum



  • New policy structure adapted creating two classes of policy (governance and framework).


Student Engagement

  • Student engagement established as a key strategy for student achievement and well-being.

  • TTFM is used to measure success in student engagement.


Centre For Skills / Gary Allen

  • Report on the functions and future of Continuing Education received by the Board with a Hybrid Model of delivery approved for greater efficiencies and improved service to adult students.


Halton Learning Foundation

  • HDSB established MOU with the HLF, to establish independence and reduce substantially the financial support of the Board for HLF operations while continuing its focus on the welfare of HDSB students.  


HSTS Governance

  • Trustee representation established on the HSTS Board of Directors.  Joint Transportation Committee established.  Walking distances reduced to 3.2 km for secondary students.


Labour Relations

  • Harmonious labour relationships maintained throughout Labour difficulties. 


New Schools

  • 3 new Secondary Schools and 9 new elementary schools opened with expansions and/or renovations to all schools offering FDK.



  • Communication audit completed and first steps initiated.


Building Plaques

  • Building Plaques donated by construction and architect companies recognizing the Board.



  • Students who had dropped out, or were dropping out, are re-enrolled or re-engaged in secondary schools.  495 students return and graduate over the first 4 years of this program.


Capital Projects Reporting

  • Capital Reporting Procedure established for greater transparency.  The report allows staff to better design new schools through an analysis of previous construction projects. 


Non-qualified Audit Statements

  • Financial Statements for the school year 2012-13 are unqualified.


Focus on Data

  • Value added analysis produced to analyse progress students are making from grade 3 to 6 to 9.

  • TTFM used to guide wellness strategies.


Multi-Year Plan

  • Developed over 6 months, through a collaboration of staff and trustees

  • 12 Goals established for Students, Staff and System with specific measurable targets

  • Board monitors Multi-Year plan through annual Operations Plans


Bring It

  • 9% or 252 HDSB homeroom classrooms were targeted to be Bring I.T Classrooms, which includes full WiFI coverage, a mounted data projector, a teacher device (laptop, macbook, chromebook), a trained teacher and a document camera.  By the end of 2014-15, 23% or 597 of classrooms will be Bring I.T  25 000+ personal devices are linked to the HDSB network.


Innovation Funding

  • Board established a $100 000 innovation fund to support creative instructional strategies.


Differentiated School Support

  • Superintendents acquire funds to support schools in need. More than 100 000 alloc IT infusion plan has a factor for socio-economic school status.


Succession Management

  • 7 new Senior Admin Members hired, including a new Associate Director of Education.


Math Acceleration

  • Opportunity provided for gifted students in grade 8 to take grade 9 math. 


French Study

  • Complex study with significant consultation produced substantial report.

  • Recommendations include the introduction of primary core French.  


Closing the Gap

  • Following the payment of debt, surplus funds contribute to the closing the gap fund.  Projects established for renewal to work towards instructional equity.



  • Score improvements over 4 years

  • HDSB EQAO Assessment Results – Change Over 4 Years

  • Percentage Standard Attainment


EQAO Assessment 2010-11    2011-12        2012-13        2013-14         4 Year Change


Primary Reading         71%          73%                75%               76%                    +5%

Primary Writing          77%           79%                81%               81%                    +4%

Primary Math              76%           75%                74%               74%                    -2%

Junior Reading            79%           82%                 82%               85%                   +6%

Junior Writing              77%           80%                 82%               82%                   +5%

Junior Math                  64%           66%                 63%               61%                    -3%

Gr. 9 Academic Math 89%           91%                 92%               91%                   +2%

Gr. 9 Applied Math     53%           54%                 47%               56%                  +3%

OSSLT*                           88%           89%                 89%              90%                   +2%


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