Cataline Elementary School in Williams Lake is ranked among the Fraser Institute’s top 20 fastest academically improving elementary schools in the province.
Cataline joins 14 public schools and six private schools on the list.
Three of the top 10 fastest-improving schools are located in Cranbrook according to the Fraser Institutes latest press release.
“What are Cranbrook teachers doing that results in such significant improvement? The results they have achieved should be a beacon for educators across the province,” said Peter Cowley, Fraser Institute director of school performance studies. “This shows the value of the FSAs. Without standardized testing, we wouldn’t know about success stories like Cranbrook.”
A total of 46 elementary schools in B.C. showed significant improvement in their academic performance over the past five years, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual school rankings: http://britishcolumbia.compareschoolrankings.org/elementary/SchoolsByRankLocationName.aspx
The Report Card on B.C.’s Elementary Schools 2013 rates 853 public and independent elementary schools based on 10 academic indicators using data from the annual Foundation Skills Assessments (FSAs) administered for the B.C. Ministry of Education.
“By pinpointing the subject areas in which individual schools are improving or declining and how their academic performance compares to that of other B.C. schools over the past five years, our report helps educators prioritize learning challenges in their schools,” Cowley said.
The report card also includes important information about each school’s make-up, including parents’ average income, the percentage of ESL students, and the percentage of special needs students.
The complete results for all 853 elementary schools will also be available at www.compareschoolrankings.org where visitors can compare individual schools with others based on their results over the last five years.