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Board of Trustees hears highlights of District’s Annual Education Results, approves updated fall budget

Thu, 27 Nov, 2014

News item: Board of Trustees hears highlights of District’s Annual Education Results, Approves Updated Fall Budget

Superintendent Darrel Robertson shared highlights of the District’s 2013-2014 Annual Education Results Report at the Edmonton Public School Board meeting on Tuesday, November 25. The report outlines the District’s continued progress in student achievement and high school completion. On average, and in most areas, our performance as measured by Alberta Education’s Accountability Pillar shows the District keeping pace with or slightly ahead of the Province. In the Annual Education Results, Robertson also noted the following highlights:

  • The District maintained its rating of ‘excellent’ in creating safe and caring learning environments.
  • 82.3 per cent of teachers and parents agree students are taught how to be successful at work after high school.
  • 82.4 per cent of parents and teachers are happy with the broad programming for students.
  • 83.6 per cent of parents, teachers and students feel students model citizenship.
  • The drop-out rate has decreased from 3.6 per cent to 3.2 per cent.
  • Diploma exam rates meeting the standards of excellence and acceptable has increased – from 21.7 per cent to 22 percent for excellence and from 81.9 per cent to 83 per cent for acceptable.
  • The District supported more than 11,000 students needing specialized supports and services.
  • Three new, full-day Kindergarten programs opened in socially vulnerable areas.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Board of Trustees also approved the updated fall budget for the 2014-2015 school year, which increased by $40.7 million to $1.047 billion. Costs and funding increased in large part due to higher student enrolment.

Thanks to careful financial management from schools and administration offices, the District finished the 2013-14 school year with a $38.2 million surplus. The majority of these funds have been re-allocated to schools. As a result, none of our schools will carry a deficit moving into the second half of the school year.