PRSD's Government "Report Card" shows increased results and exceeds provincial averages

PRSD's Government "Report Card" shows increased results and exceeds provincial averages

For immediate release

September 23, 2019 – During the regular board meeting held on September 19, 2019, the board of trustees reviewed Peace River School Division’s (PRSD) results from the May 2019 Accountability Pillar Report (APR).  PRSD is thrilled to report that we have improved in three measures and in five measures, exceeded provincial averages.

“We share in this celebration of improvement and continued growth with our school communities” says Board Chair Darren Kuester. “The improved results reflect the dedication of our students, staff and parents and the involvement and collaboration of our communities that bring increased support and opportunities for students.”

Specific areas of improvement include:

  • 2.5% increase in High School Completion Rate
  • 5.6% increase in Diploma Exam Participation Rate
  • 0.8% increase in Rutherford Scholarship Eligibility Rate

PRSD exceeded provincial averages in the areas of Safe and Caring, Work Preparation, Citizenship, Parental Involvement and School Improvement.

The majority of the data on the May report is based on student, staff and parent input through surveys,” says Kuester. “It is a great thing to be validated by our school communities and that PRSD exceeds provincial averages in five measures updated in the May report tells us we are on the right track.

The APR is provided by Alberta Education and serves as a “report card” for the division. It contains test results, completion and transitional data and results from student, parent and staff surveys. The report is updated twice per year, once in October with provincial and diploma exam results and again in May with all other results and transitional data. 

PRSD continues to implement the Response to Intervention model that identifies student strengths, learning styles and specific learning needs. Student progress is frequently assessed in several ways and when required, instruction is adjusted. The division also remains focused on literacy and numeracy and the integration of Flexible Learning Environments in all PRSD high schools which has provided students with flexibility and greater ownership of their education. Wellness, technology integration, community partnerships, communication, and targeted professional development opportunities for staff are other examples of initiatives in PRSD.  Supports provided to both students and staff include the support of PRSD’s Youth Support Workers, Success Coaches, Inclusive Education coaches, contracted specialists and Social Workers.

“Thank you to our students, staff, parents, community members and partnering organizations for your support and dedication to student success” says Kuester. “Our division is a community of supportive, dedicated, innovative individuals and organizations who together provide students with high-quality educational opportunities – together we are thrilled to celebrate these great results with each and every one of you.”