The District’s student achievement results for the 2011-2012 school year show progress in a number of key measures and that trend is expected to continue over the next several years.
The Accountability Pillar, which is used by the Province to monitor all school jurisdictions’ performance, shows Edmonton Public Schools made significant improvement in creating safe and caring learning environments over the past year, receiving a rating of excellent in this area. The District also maintained its rating of excellence in terms of the high quality of education provided to students.
“Our Board is very proud of these results,” said Sarah Hoffman, Board Chair. “We are meeting Alberta Education’s expectation to provide students with a great education that prepares them to be responsible citizens. We know these excellent results are due to the outstanding job done by our teachers and other staff.”
Edmonton Public Schools continues to see growth in its five-year high school completion rate. From 2006-2007 to 2010-2011, the District saw a 2.3 per cent increase in this rate, rising from 73.8 per cent to 76.1 per cent. High school students showed strong results this year on diploma exams, slightly exceeding the Province at the standard of excellence in all science subjects, while results at the acceptable standard and standard of excellence in English, social studies and math demonstrated room for improvement. In comparison to the Province, students in Grades 3, 6 and 9 did very well in achieving the acceptable standard and standard of excellence.
“Our District is doing a great job meeting the diverse needs of all of our students,” said Edgar Schmidt, Superintendent of Schools. “We identify challenges early and introduce a variety of interventions to provide students with the support they need to be successful.”