Department of Education

New Brunswick students making gains in literacy (08/11/19)

NB 1701

Nov, 19, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A focus on literacy is paying off for the province as the 2008 literacy assessment results show that New Brunswick students are making gains.

Results of the reading assessments were released today by Education Minister Kelly Lamrock, and compared with 2006 results they show a seven percentage point increase - a key indicator of success for literacy - among Grade 2 students across the province. This year, 76 per cent of students met or exceeded the standard for literacy proficiency, compared to 69 per cent in 2006.

"These results are a reflection of this government's commitment to our When Kids Come First plan, as well as the hard work and dedication of New Brunswick's teachers," said Lamrock.

The francophone sector saw an increase in reading, with a 10 percentage point improvement by Grade 2 students. This year, 73 per cent of francophone students reached or exceeded the appropriate achievement level, compared to 63 per cent in 2006.

In the anglophone sector, 78 per cent of students met or exceeded the appropriate achievement level, up from 72 per cent in 2006, a six percentage point increase.

"I am very encouraged by the results," Lamrock said. "We still have work to do, not just in literacy, but in math and science as well. However, a strong foundation has been laid, and government, teachers, parents and students are beginning to reap the benefits of that."

The Department of Education is preparing a report card with assessment results on a school-by-school basis that will be sent home to parents.

"For the first time we will be sending home a detailed report of the assessment results to parents for each school in the province," Lamrock said. "For us to build the best education system in the country, everyone has to be informed of not only the successes, but also the challenges that we are facing."

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Assessment results follow. MEDIA CONTACTS: Johanne Le Blanc, 506-453-3085, or Valerie Kilfoil, 506-444-4919, communications, Department of Education.

Assessment results (2006-08)

Anglophone sector
Activity - Increase/Decrease
Grade 2

Reading +5 (from 71 to 76)
Writing +1 (from 58 to 59)
Reading immersion +9 (from 74 to 83)
Writing immersion +17 (from 67 to 84)

Grade 4

Reading +5 (from 70 to 75)
Writing +16 (from 37 to 53)
Reading immersion +13 (from 63 to 76)
Writing immersion +18 (from 53 to 71)

Grade 5

Numeracy -3 (from 68 to 65)

Grade 7

Reading +5 (from 61 to 66)
Writing +4 (from 43 to 47)

Grade 8

Numeracy -1 (from 58 to 57)

Grade 9

Reading -3 (from 60 to 57)
Writing +14 (from 53 to 67)

Francophone sector
Activity - Increase/Decrease
Grade 2

Silent reading +10 (from 63 to 73)
Reading aloud +12 (from 58 to 70)

Grade 5

Math +21 (from 49 to 70)
Science +20 (from 67 from 87)

Grade 8

Math -10 (from 61 to 51)
French language -1 (from 64 to 63)

Grade 10

English as a second language (oral interview) +2 (from 62 to 64)

Grade 11

Math +4 (from 60 to 64)
French language + 9 (from 57 to 66)

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