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Student Achievement on the Rise in Golden Hills |

Student Achievement on the Rise in Golden Hills

For Immediate Release - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Students in the Golden Hills School Division are performing well and continue to improve in many areas according to the most recent results on the 2016-2017 Provincial Achievement Test and Diploma Examinations.

“Our focus is students who are gaining the skills to become strong collaborative critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators and creative doers while ensuring foundational skills in literacy and numeracy. Our highly skilled teachers utilize research-proven high yield strategic instructional practices that improve student learning. Golden Hills School Division teachers are committed to the professional learning and collaboration that results in powerful learning experiences that promote deep student understanding” said Dr. Kandace Jordan, Deputy Superintendent.

Golden Hills saw increases in the number of students achieving Acceptable Standard over the previous year in five of the nine diploma courses (English 30-1, Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Chemistry 30, and Physics 30). Golden Hills’ students exceeded the provincial Standard of Excellence benchmark in four of the nine diploma courses (Math 30-1, Biology 30, Chemistry 30 and Physics 30). There were also increases over the previous year in the number of students achieving the Standard of Excellence in five of the nine diploma courses (English 30-1, Social 30-1, Math 30-1, Math 30-2 and Physics 30).

In Golden Hills School Division, the percentage of students achieving the Acceptable Standard improved over the previous year in three out of the eight of the Achievement tests in grades 6 and 9 (Grade 6 Science, Grade 9 Math and Social). The percentage of students achieving the Standard of Excellence improved over the previous year in six of the eight Achievement Tests (Grade 6 Language Arts, Science, Social, Grade 9 Math, Science and Social), as well, all of these six subjects exceeded the Provincial Standard of Excellence.

“We are very pleased to see continued increases again in this year’s student achievement results” said Bevan Daverne, Superintendent of Schools. Many of our Achievement test and Diploma exams results have continued to rise across Golden Hills schools.  We are very proud of the hard work of our students as well as the work our teachers do to create innovative and engaging classrooms.”

The Provincial Achievement and Diploma Examination results are measured in the Provincial Accountability Pillar. Other indicators include dropout rates, high school completion, post-secondary transition rates and a variety of stakeholder satisfaction measures.

Principals will communicate their school’s results, along with important contextual information, to parents at School Council meetings. This information will be reported in each school’s Annual Educational Plan and Results Report which will be posted on their website by November 30.

In accordance with the Provincial Protocol the School Board has had the opportunity to review the 2016-2017 provincial testing results for the diploma exams and Provincial Achievement Tests.  “The Board is pleased to see the improvement of our students’ achievement level. We appreciate all the hard work teachers, support staff and parents have done to help support students.  Parents are encouraged to attend the School Council meeting where principals will review the results and share the school’s annual education plan” said David Price, Golden Hills School Division Board Chair.

Additional information regarding the provincial tests can be found at:

https://education.alberta.ca/provincial-achievement-tests/pat-results/

https://education.alberta.ca/diploma-exam-administration/diploma-results/

For further clarification, please contact Bevan Daverne, Superintendent of Schools.