Mon, 30 Sep, 2019
A quiet hush, filled with the sounds of pencils and pens on paper. After months of preparation, thousands of Grade 6, 9 and 12 students poured their knowledge, comprehension and passion into their Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma exams last school year.
Today, the District shared the 2018-2019 results with parents and our community.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our Edmonton Public Schools students,” says Board Chair Trisha Estabrooks. “While these tests serve as one indicator of student learning and success, we are happy to see how our students perform.”
There is much for our students and District to be proud of. Our students continue to excel in science, compared to the provincial average. Our math results are higher than the provincial averages in all grades as well.
Five-year high school completion rates are on the rise at 83 per cent. This is an important indicator for success beyond school, says Edmonton Public Schools Superintendent Darrel Robertson.
“Everything we do in the District is about putting students at the centre of our work and supporting them to reach their goals,” says Robertson. “High school completion is one of the metrics we use to gauge our success because crossing the finish line opens doors to opportunities and choices in the future.”
Robertson acknowledges that while the District has made many gains this year, there’s always room for improvement.
“Each one of our students has a different path and journey. We respond to their needs and challenges on an individual basis and identify supports through the lens of where the student needs to go next on their learning journey,” he says.
First Nations, Métis and Inuit students’ five-year graduation rate has increased, but we know this is an area for growth. We are committed to working with our families, schools, cultural liaison teams, Elders and communities to support our students.
“Our work demands flexibility. The complexities we face in education demand collaboration and our staff have embraced this. We look for new activities, ideas and approaches and continually question what has worked, what hasn’t, what has been impactful and what we can share with colleagues. We are tireless in our passion to help students be successful,” says Robertson.
The District’s Provincial Achievement Test and Diploma exam results are available here.