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### Top Fraser Institute Rankings Include Five Windsor Elementary Schools

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The Windsor Star captured an image of Bellewood elementary school in Windsor on Mar. 27, 2011. The institution, along with four other elementary schools in Windsor, secured positions in the top 25 percent of the Fraser Institute’s rankings for 2022, based on standardized test outcomes.

The Fraser Institute, a libertarian-conservative Canadian public policy think-tank, utilized data from the Education Quality and Accountability Office, an Ontario government Crown agency, to evaluate elementary school performance.

The institute’s assessment encompassed 2,975 public, Catholic, and independent schools, focusing on nine academic indicators derived from provincewide test results. Bellewood Public School, the city’s top-ranked school, claimed the 87th spot in the rankings.

Peter Cowley, a senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, emphasized the value of the institute’s report cards in providing unique insights to parents regarding their child’s school performance relative to others in Ontario.

Cowley highlighted the importance of continuous improvement in all schools, irrespective of their ranking or student challenges. He encouraged open communication between parents and school administrators to foster improvement strategies based on successful practices observed in other schools.

The Fraser Institute’s rankings, although influential for parents, have limited impact on local school boards, as per representatives from the public and Catholic boards. Standardized testing primarily serves as a tool for educational administrators to identify areas necessitating resource allocation and support, rather than for ranking and comparison purposes.

While the rankings promote competition and improvement, the Greater Essex County District School Board and the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board prioritize individual student needs and overall improvement strategies based on comprehensive data analysis and professional judgment.

The EQAO testing, conducted to assess students’ alignment with provincial curriculum expectations, aids school boards in identifying schools requiring additional support to ensure students meet educational standards effectively.