Oct. 13, 2009
DALHOUSIE (CNB) - For the second consecutive year the Department of Education has released its report cards on schools and school districts. The two report cards may be viewed online (French only), and all parents will receive the school report card from their children soon.
In the past, these school report cards have traditionally been given to superintendents, district education councils, school administrators and teachers, but not to parents. The Report on Achievement was introduced last year as part of government's commitment in the education plan, When kids come first, to create an education system that is both accountable and transparent.
The 2009 provincial assessment results show that concentrating efforts on literacy helped to maintain improved literacy levels in Grade 2, with 72 per cent of francophone students reaching or exceeding the oral reading standard, and 73 per cent achieving the objective in reading comprehension.
Compared with 2006, there was a 14 percentage point increase in oral reading outcomes in 2009, which is a two percentage point increase over 2008. In reading comprehension, outcomes are similar to those in 2008, with an increase of 10 percentage points since 2006.
"With teachers, parents, principals, school districts' staff, members of education councils, and communities working together as a team, it will be possible to attain the 2013 literacy target of 90 per cent of students reaching or exceeding the appropriate literacy level," said Education Minister Roland Haché.
In conjunction with the release of the assessment outcomes, Haché met Grade 1 students at École Académie Notre-Dame in Dalhousie, which is an example of the francophone schools that have improved their literacy performance through new teaching approaches.
Students at the school are divided into three working groups according to their reading level. This approach, known as differentiation, focuses on the individual needs of each student.
"It is very interesting and stimulating to see all the work being done in our schools to offer our young people the best methods for literacy learning," said Haché. "I believe that it is important to pursue these literacy efforts from the time children start school, and to continue throughout their schooling. We must also see how we can improve performance in other subjects such as math and science. For that reason, the francophone sector of the Department of Education has put in place a working group to study the math needs and challenges of students."
In math, 64 per cent of Grade 5 students, 58 per cent of Grade 8 students, and 53 per cent of Grade 11 students attained or exceeded the standard. In science and technology, 65 per cent of Grade 5 students reached or exceeded the standard.
The results are available online (French only).
EDITOR'S NOTE: Francophone sector outcomes follow. MEDIA CONTACT: Johanne Le Blanc, Communications, Department of Education, 506-453-3085.
Percentages of francophone students who have reached or exceeded the standard in 2006 and 2009 for each subject
Subject assessed/Percentage points/(2006 and 2009 outcomes)
Reading comprehension +10 (63 to 73)
Oral reading +14 (58 to 72)
Math +15 (49 to 64)
Science and technology (65) (This is the first year of the Grade 5 science program. It cannot be compared with the natural science program of previous years.)
Math -3 (61 to 58)
French language arts (64 - 64)
English second language
(Oral interview) +6 (60 to 66)
Math +1 (52 to 53)
French language arts +11 (48 to 59)