Provincial Assessment Results
October is the month when Alberta Education releases the yearly Accountability Pillar Report. These reports are one way of assuring Albertans that the education system is meeting provincial standards and the needs of students. Standardized tests Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) and diploma exams are used in several Accountability Pillar measures and are one way of enabling Alberta Education, as well as parents, teachers, and school authorities, to assess student achievement and to identify strengths and areas for improvement. Provincial assessments are meant to complement, not replace, day-to-day teacher observations and classroom assessment. Other tools such as survey results from parents, teachers and students as well as ongoing data collection also inform this report.
Overall measures related to student learning and achievement in Foothills School Division (FSD) have continued to improve according to provincial assessment results released by Alberta Education. Foothills School Division is at or above Provincial Standards in 11 out of 16 measures and continues to focus on growth and improvement.
Acting Superintendent Pam Rannelli shared, “Foothills School Division is committed to ensuring every student has learning opportunities that assists them in reaching their fullest potential. We believe in supporting the whole child to ensure that they succeed not only academically, but feel that they are a valued member of their school community and develop the confidence and competencies to be successful. Foothills School Division is fortunate to have a highly qualified and dedicated staff that continue to focus on improving learning for all students. We use this report to help to inform where strategies that we have employed have been effective and what areas for growth and focus that we must continue to work diligently to improve learning for all students."
Highlights from the 2017-18 year results:
- Improved in the areas of:
- Drop Out Rate (0.8% compared to 2.3% provincially)
- Program of Studies (85.9% compared to 81.8% provincially)
- High School Completion (84.7% compared to 78% provincially)
- Diploma Exams Grade 12 Acceptable (86.6 % compared to 83.7% provincially)
- Received an overall rating that surpassed or is at provincial averages:
- Safe and caring schools (89.4% compared to 89.0% provincially)
- Education quality (90.2% compared to 90.0% provincially)
- PAT Acceptable (77.7% compared to 73.6% provincially)
- Rutherford Scholarship (71 % compared to 63.4% provincially)
- At provincial level in Parent Involvement; Work preparation, School Improvement and Citizenship
- Achieved a level of Excellent in the categories of Safe and Caring, Program of Studies, Education Quality, Drop-out rate, High School Completion and Citizenship
- Math PAT at the Grade 6 and 9 level are above the provincial average in the Acceptable Category
- English Language Arts at the Grade 6 and 9 level are above the provincial average in the Acceptable category and at the provincial level of Excellence
- Math 30-2 is consistently above provincial average in the category of Acceptable and currently at provincial level in the category of Excellence
- Math 30-1 shows a significant increase in percentage of students achieving in the Excellence category
- English Language Arts 30-2 is consistently above the provincial average in the category of Acceptable and consistently above or at provincial level in the category of Excellence, as well as, above the 3 yr. trend in provincial average
- English Language Arts 30-1 is consistently above the provincial average in the Acceptable category
- Social Studies 30-2 is consistently above provincial average in the category of Acceptable and currently at the provincial average in the category of Excellence
- Social Studies 30-1 is consistently above the provincial average in the category of Acceptable
- Both Science 30 and Biology 30 are above the provincial average in the category of Acceptable
Areas of growth and focus for the 2018-19 school year include:
- Overall PAT results in the excellence category (FSD currently at 17.6%, higher than FSD 3 year average but below Province at 19.9%)
- Overall Diploma excellence rating (FSD currently at 18.0%, an upward trend but still below the Province 24.2%)
- Overall Diploma exam participation rate – four or more Diploma exams (FSD 48.7%; Province 55.7%)
- Continue to support growth in achievement for our French Immersion Programs
- Continue to support growth in achievement for our First Nations Metis and Inuit students
- Through a variety of instructional programs, sustaining the emphasis on the development of strong literacy and numeracy skills, which are vital to student success in school, work and life
“This provincial data is one indicator of how our Division is performing as a whole,” explains Rannelli. "Overall we continue to see improvement at the Division level in results on provincial measures. This is a continuing trend of improvement and growth. In the October 2018 Division level report there are no provincial measures which report any decline, issue, or concern.
Larry Albrecht, Chair of the Board of Trustees shared the following, “On behalf of the Foothills School Division’s Board of Trustees, I would like to extend our appreciation to every Division employee for providing a quality learning environment for our students. We remain committed to foster a culture of belonging through a well-developed continuum of supports addressing students’ strengths and needs. Our educators design intellectually engaging learning within the Programs of Study ensuring students are literate and numerate providing opportunity and supports to achieve optimum learning. The provincial results remain one of several respected measures in the assessment and evaluation process supporting student independence and self-efficacy in their learning.”
Divisional education plans and annual results reports are submitted to Alberta Education by the end of November. As part of the process, FSD schools will be working on strategies to improve student learning. In the meantime, for more information about provincial assessment results at your child’s school, please contact the school principal.
For more information regarding Division results please contact:
Acting Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services