Provincial Achievement Test and Diploma Exam Results
For immediate release
October 23, 2017- Peace River School Division (PRSD) is pleased to release the Provincial Achievement Test and Diploma Exam Results from the 2016-2017 school year.
Achievement Tests, written in January, May and June, and Diploma Exams, written in January and June, are used as a tool for schools, teachers and parents to monitor and improve student learning. The Achievement Test results provide one measure of student achievement while the Diploma exams certify student achievement.
Achievement Test results
Increases are noted in the number of students achieving a standard of excellence in grade six Science, Social Studies and in grade nine English Language Arts. PRSD also notes increases in the acceptable standard measure for grade six Science and Social Studies as well as grade nine English Language Arts, Math and Social Studies. PRSD notes decreases in the number of students achieving an acceptable standard in grade six English Language Arts, Math and grade nine Science.
Diploma Exam Results
PRSD is pleased to report increases in the number of students achieving a standard of excellence in English 30-1, Social Studies 30-1, Social Studies 30-2, Chemistry 30 and Physics 30. PRSD notes increases in the number of students achieving an acceptable standard in English 30-1, English 30-2, Social Studies 30-2 and also in Chemistry 30 where 10.8% more students achieved the acceptable standard over previous year results. Decreases are noted in the number of students achieving the acceptable standard in Math 30-2, Social 30-1, Biology 30 and Physics 30.
“The results show improvement in several areas and we congratulate and thank our students, staff and parents for their dedication to student achievement” says Board Chair Darren Kuester. “We take these results very seriously and will continue to analyze the results and develop strategies to foster success for all students.”
The division will remain focused on early intervention, frequent assessment practices and have educators take part in provincial test review and marking sessions throughout the year. PRSD’s Learning Services Team will continue to provide support to schools and PRSD’s focus on literacy and the fundamental belief that literacy goes beyond the language arts classroom and will continue to be at the core of all teaching and learning practices.
“Literacy skills are crucial to overall development and whether these skills are strong or weak, they have a ripple effect that impacts all subject areas” says Kuester. “In addition to providing the supports and resources our students and staff need, we have placed a divisional focus on strengthening literacy. Literacy is at the core of learning, communicating and relating to the world around us.”