Combined Three-Year Education Plan and Annual Education Results Report 2010-2014

Alberta Education requires school jurisdictions to submit a Three-Year Education Plan and an Annual Education Results Report on a yearly basis.

The District’s Three Year Education Plan for 2011-2014 has been developed within the context of the District Mission, Vision and Priorities. The Annual Education Results Report 2010-2011 highlights results achieved by the District.  The Board of Trustees have approved  the report and is was submitted to Alberta Education at the end of November.

Click here to view combined Three-Year Education Plan for 2010-2014 and the Annual Education Results Report for 2010-2011 .

Edmonton Public Schools… In the News

Proposed fall break a hot topic for Edmonton parents
An Edmonton Public Schools’ survey that asks if students should sacrifice a week of summer holidays in exchange for a fall break has prompted record response from the public, says a school division spokeswoman. Nearly 4,500 people have answered the online survey since it opened Oct. 14, Jane Sterling said Tuesday.

City schools count up the cash
Edmonton’s two main school boards found out they will immediately receive a total of $18.6 million in new money out of the $107 million in education funding Premier Alison Redford restored this week.

Also worth noting:

Tidy test scores not true indicators of real learning – Letters to Editor –  The Edmonton Journal
Our new Premier Alison Redford has committed to ending Grade 3 and 6 provincial achievement exams while offering “regular but sensitive measurements of academic performance and expected outcomes.” The case against standardized testing goes something like this: it’s not that standardized test scores don’t tell us anything. A child’s test score is a reliable and accurate way of assessing the size of the houses near a school. This means that too many tests are reporting on what children bring to school and not necessarily what they learn at school. It’s also important to note that a correct answer on a test does not necessarily signal understanding, and a wrong answer does not necessarily signal an absence of understanding. Real learning is really messy. Standardized tests are nothing if not tidy. See the problem? The bane of reducing learning to a test score is that it inevitably overvalues whatever can be quantified and undervalues what cannot. This is why any attempt to reduce learning to numbers is at best unhelpful and at worst harmful, and anyone who calls the process of reducing the messiness of teaching and learning to a tidy test score a “public service” is neglectfully ignorant, wilfully blind or outright lying.  -  Joe Bower, Red Deer

We want to see new hires – Letters to Editor – The Edmonton Journal
Re: “City schools count up the cash; Restored $18.6M in provincial funds expected to have tangible impact in system, minister says,” The Journal, Oct. 15. I was delighted to see that Alberta Education is going to hold school boards accountable for these new funds and that more teachers will be in classrooms. As of Oct. 15, about 15 per cent of the school year has been completed. Since this money is coming later in the school year, boards will even be able to add more teachers than if these teachers started on the first day of school. Albertans want to see that this new money results in more teachers in classrooms. Why not post on Alberta Education’s website the amount of money each school board receives, the number of new teachers hired and the number of new classrooms since Sept. 1?  – Gary Marcellus, retired teacher, Edmonton

2011/2012 Curriculum Handbooks for Parents

The 2011/2012 Curriculum Handbooks for Parents, Curriculum Summaries for Kindergarten to Grade 9 and senior high school and the Curriculum Express for Parents for Kindergarten to Grade 3 are now available in both digital and print format and produced in both English and French.

The handbooks, produced by Alberta Education, can be downloaded for viewing and printing. They can also be purchased from the Learning Resources Centre, 780-427-2767 (toll-free by first dialing 310-0000).  An order form is available on the Education website.

The handbooks offer parents in-depth information about what students are expected to learn at each grade level of the curriculum; the Curriculum Summaries provide concise, grade-at-a-glance information; and the Curriculum Express for Parents gives a short explanation of the curriculum for parents who are English language learners.

Flash Mob highlights importance of high school completion

In celebration of Education Week (May 2-6), Alberta Education and Edmonton Public Schools came together to organize a flash mob in hopes of bringing attention to the importance of high school completion. On Friday, May 6 approximately 150 students, parents and other stakeholders carried out a dynamic performance for a surprised lunchtime crowd in Edmonton City Centre.

Talented and enthusiastic students from Lillian Osborne, Jasper Place, Florence Hallock and Victoria schools committed to rehearsing and executing a high-energy dance choreographed by Lillian Osborne teacher Kerri Neitsch, evoking cheers and applause from those who witnessed the performance first hand. Minister of Education, Dave Hancock even took part in the fun!

Click here to see a video of the performance and learn more about the Alberta Education’s High School Completion Strategic Framework.

To scroll through photos of the flash mob performance or the group rehearsal, visit the Edmonton Public Schools flickr page.