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   Message From The Superintendent ECACS Three-Year Education Plan and Annual Education Results Report
 Charlie McCormack Superintendent
East Central Catholic Schools (ECACS) has prepared the 2018-2021 Three-Year Education Plan for distribution. This document serves two purposes. Firstly, our mission as a Catholic school division is to educate the whole child, including their spiritual development. This was a unique year because of restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We had to cancel our traditional new school year celebration mass and the division-wide Mission and Ministry Day on August 27, 2020. We pray that things will get back to normal before September 2021. Catholic Education Sunday was celebrated in all parishes on November 8, 2020. The letter from the Bishops of Alberta and a short video from Archbishop Smith was shared in all parishes and schools.
The second purpose is to report the Annual Education Results (AERR) for 2019-2020. Again, COVID-19 disrupted the traditional writing of Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) and the writing of diploma exams so we have no hard data from standardized assessments to report this year. Overall, students in East Central Catholic Schools always perform well and we hope that the closure of schools to students in March, 2020 will not adversely impact students’ achievement as we return to normal in 2020-2021. Administrators report that students are adapting well to the safe school requirements caused by the pandemic and meaningful instruction is taking place in all schools across the division.
Despite this being an aberrant year for reporting on the AERR, ECACS will continue a consultative process, which will engage the school and parish communities, and district wide administration. The purpose of this process is to gather feedback, which will inform the next three-year plan. When we combine the information gathered from schools with the available provincial data of the Accountability Pillar, we will strive to continue our goal of improved student academic performance.
We look forward to the challenge of engaging all stakeholders and optimizing student learning. On behalf of East Central Catholic Schools, I also wish to thank our trustees, staff, parents and community for their invaluable contributions to improving the education of our students. Lastly, I would like to thank our new Superintendent (January 1, 2021) Glenn Nowosad, for the compilation, design and circulation of this year’s document.
Charlie McCormack, Superintendent
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