Francophone students improve literacy, math, science outcomes (10/06/24)

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June 24, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - More francophone students are succeeding in the provincial literacy, mathematics and science and technology assessments, according to summary results of provincial elementary assessments released today.

The summary results for the 2010 provincial assessments show that literacy efforts again improved Grade 2 literacy results, with 77 per cent of francophone Grade 2 students reaching or exceeding the oral reading standard, and 73 per cent attaining or exceeding this level in reading comprehension.

The oral reading outcomes show an increase of five percentage points compared with last year. The report shows an increase of 19 percentage points since 2006.

In reading comprehension, outcomes are similar to those in 2009, representing an increase of 10 percentage points since 2006.

"Today, we have results showing that the collaborative efforts of the education councils, school districts, teachers, parents and communities and the Department of Education are greatly benefiting students' success and learning," said Education Minister Roland Haché.

The improvement is most noticeable in Grade 5 mathematics and science and technology. Compared with the same period in 2009, students reaching or exceeding the standard in mathematics increased to 74 per cent from 64 per cent, while in science and technology, 76 per cent of students attained or exceeded the standard compared with 65 per cent the year before. There were also increases of 10 and 11 percentage points in mathematics and science and technology, respectively.

The student success rate in Grade 8 French increased to 69 per cent in 2010 from 64 per cent in 2009, while Grade 8 mathematics remained the same with an outcome of 58 per cent.

"I am proud of the results we have today since they show that all of the work done in our schools, which each have different challenges, is producing real and very encouraging results for the future of our children," said Haché. "We must all persevere in this direction so that these improvements continue every year and so we can be successful at all levels, in all subjects."

Apart from these subjects, the students were assessed for the first time in Grade 3 mathematics (71 per cent), Grade 5 French (70 per cent) and Grade 8 science and technology (61 per cent).

As they have each year, parents will receive a report produced for them to consult, which will present their child's results on the provincial assessments at the end of the school year. Moreover, the report cards on the schools and school districts will be published again in the fall.


MEDIA CONTACT: Johanne Le Blanc, communications, Department of Education, 506-453-3085.