Students improving academic performance (10/04/12)

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April 12, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Students in New Brunswick are making important gains in a number of key areas identified by the When Kids Come First (WKCF) education plan, the latest accountability report shows.

Education Minister Roland Haché released today An Accountability Report on the Targets of When Kids Come First. The second accountability report of its kind, the document contains data on the progress made on the WKCF's 23 targets during the 2008-09 school year.

"This type of report enables us to identify improvements and trends and also to make informed decisions so we can make adjustments to reach all the targets," Haché said. "Since the release of When Kids Come First, we have made significant progress in very critical areas such as Grade 8 numeracy and Grade 2 literacy. We note, however, some challenges in Grade 5 mathematics.

"Through When Kids Come First and the hard work and dedication of students, parents, teachers, principals, district staff and all those working in our school system, we will move ahead in every area."

The accountability report showed that Grade 8 francophone students improved in reading compared with the previous year and that they had achieved steady progress in English since 2005-06.

Anglophone students made improvements in their second-language skills as well as in reading and writing.

First Nations students in Grade 2 significantly improved in reading. They are now at the same level as students in the anglophone sector.

"We have invested in professional development and in more targeted instruction to students," said Haché. "Both sectors have taken new and innovative approaches to education with initiatives such as our community schools model and the first of its kind tuition funding agreement with First Nations. The results are very encouraging. We will continue to focus on the three goals of our provincial education plan."

Those goals are:


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