First Nation Student Success Program

The First Nation Student Success Program (FNSSP) is a national proposal-driven program designed to help First Nation educators on reserve (Kindergarten to Grade 12) improve school results.

The program helps First Nation educators to plan and make improvements in the priority areas of literacy, numeracy, student retention and information management (performance measurement).

The FNSSP follows INAC’s guidelines and long-term goal of providing First Nation youth on-reserve with access to a quality education that encourages them to stay in school and graduate with the skills they need to enter the labour market in order to pursue their career aspirations.

The FNSSP has three components:

School Success Planning: First Nation schools are required to develop school success plans which set out goals, activities and targets for improving student achievement levels in the three priority areas of literacy, numeracy and student retention.

Student Learning Assessments: First Nation schools are required to take part in student learning assessments that will support the school success planning process. Assessment results are used to identify areas to be targeted for improvement. Schools also participate in the EQAO assessments, the provincial standardized testing process.

Performance Measurement: First Nation schools are required to put in place performance measurement / data management systems that allow schools to assess, report on, and take steps to accelerate progress made by students and by schools (e.g. Dadavan Student Information System).


KERC provides a coordinated support team in literacy, numeracy, student retention, assessment, school success planning and technology for the development and implementation of all FNSSP components at the school level. The education tools developed, such as the KERC-wide assessment handbook and the methodology for school success planning, are shared across the FNSSP project. KERC supports the delivery of the program components of School Success Planning and Student Learning Assessments in eight (8) on-reserve schools.

KERC also delivers the Performance Measurement component of the program to the eight (8) on-reserve schools including coordination of the data management implementation at the school level.


Kasabonika Lake First Nation
Kingfisher First Nation
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug
Mishkeegogamang First Nation
Muskrat Dam First Nation
Saugeen First Nation
Wapekeka First Nation
Wunnumin First Nation