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2016-17 Student Achievement Results

Tue, 17 Oct, 2017

News item: 2016-17 Student Achievement Results

2016-17 Student Achievement Results

More Edmonton Public School students are crossing the finish line and graduating, than ever before. Graduation rates are at an all-time high of 80.6 per cent. This news comes as the District released its Provincial Achievement Test and Diploma exam results today.

Edmonton Public Schools superintendent Darrel Robertson says that while the graduation rates are promising, there is much work to be done throughout the District based on the PAT and Diploma exam results.

“These results trends are not what we were hoping for, but, as a District, we are committed to improvement across all grades and subject areas,” says Robertson. “Together with our principals and teachers, we will look at the results in depth, to figure out where we can place additional supports, so that all of our students are successful.”

For the 2016-17 school year, some areas decreased, while others remained status quo.

Highlights include:

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit graduations increased in 2016-17 to 51.9 per cent compared to 43.3 per cent in 2015-16.
  • Participation rates in more advanced class streams for language arts, mathematics and social studies continue to be higher than the provincial average.
  • Our District continues to become more diverse. In the 2016-2017 school year, Edmonton Public Schools served a total of 95,642 students, 35 per cent of whom require specialized supports and/or English language support. 

The Edmonton Public School Board continues to implement effective early intervention strategies and offer various student supports to help prepare students for course work and provincial examinations.

“Our staff are working hard to meet the needs of an increasingly complex classroom,” says Board Chair, Michelle Draper. “We strive to help more and more students overcome whatever obstacles may stand between them and learning.”