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Success for every student: Edmonton Public Schools releases student achievement results

Thu, 9 Oct, 2014

News item: Success for every student: Edmonton Public Schools releases student achievement results

The District’s student achievement results for the 2013-2014 school year show steady progress in several areas and point to the strength of Edmonton Public Schools’ continuing commitment to help every student experience success.

“These results show that we’re holding strong on the gains we’ve made over the last five years,” said Sarah Hoffman, Board Chair. “We’re confident we can keep this momentum going by strengthening what’s working now and getting traction on new initiatives that will allow us to respond to the complexity we’re seeing in the classroom and meet the diverse needs of our students.”

Edmonton Public Schools continues to see growth in its five year high school completion rate. From 2008-2009 to 2012-2013, the District saw a 2.9 per cent increase in this rate, rising from 74.4 per cent to 77.3 per cent. An upward trend also continues for diploma exams at the high school level, with students performing better than the Province at the standard of excellence in all science subjects, although results at the acceptable standard and standard of excellence in English, social studies and math declined. In comparison to the Province, students in Grades 3, 6 and 9 continue to do well in achieving the acceptable standard and standard of excellence on provincial achievement tests.

“While we’re keeping pace with and slightly ahead of the Province on average, ‘on average’ will never be good enough for us,” said Darrel Robertson, Superintendent of Schools. “We recognize exceptional teaching is at the heart of everything we do to help all kids make a smooth transition from year to year in school – that’s why we’re focused on providing our teachers with rich opportunities to share best practices and find strategies for even better interventions and supports.” 

The District will deepen its approach towards supporting student success this year through the implementation of the new Equity Fund, Career Pathways Model and Math Intervention/Programming Instrument (MIPI); move to common professional development days for all teachers and support staff; and ongoing work to support the Province’s curriculum re-design project.