Education

Province releases first school-by-school report card (08/12/04)

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Dec. 4, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Students across the province will be taking home a different kind of report card today.

For the first time, the province is releasing a school report card that will give parents in both the francophone and anglophone sectors provincial assessment results of their childrens' schools.

"As parents, we are all interested and passionate about our children's education," said Education Minister Kelly Lamrock. "By releasing school report cards, we want to give parents a better understanding of how their child's school is doing overall and the important role parents play in creating the best education system in Canada. Creating a high-quality education system is not just the responsibility of government. It is a partnership among government, educators and parents. We all have an important role to play."

School report cards have traditionally been given to superintendents, district education councils, school administrators and teachers but not to parents. Lamrock explained that these report cards enable principals and their staffs to identify challenges at their schools and set improvement targets.

"I want to be clear that this is not about comparing which schools score the highest and which do not," Lamrock said. "Each school environment, and each classroom for that matter, has its unique strengths, weaknesses and challenges."

The report cards show provincial assessment results for the schools from the past three years, 2006-08, as well as the provincial targets. They may be viewed online at http://www.gnb.ca/education/results.

"What this is about is sharing information not only among teachers, but also among parents so they can better support the school in reaching its target," said Lamrock. "We know that parents play a critical role in education at home and at school. We want to give them all the information they need to best do that."

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Johanne Le Blanc, 506-453-3085 or Valerie Kilfoil, 506-444-4919, communications, Department of Education.

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