PRSD releases Provincial Achievement Test and Diploma Exam Results

PRSD releases Provincial Achievement Test and Diploma Exam Results

For immediate release

October 10, 2019-During the regular board meeting held on September 19, 2019, Peace River School Division's (PRSD) 2018-2019 Provincial Achievement Test and Diploma Exam results were presented to the board of trustees.

“The results show progress in a number of areas, and we commend our students, staff, and families for their dedication and hard work,” says PRSD Board Chair Darren Kuester.

Achievement Tests, written in January, May and June, and Diploma Exams, written in November, January, April, June and August are used as tools 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 in various subject areas.

Achievement Test results
Increases are noted in the number of students achieving a standard of excellence in grade 9 Science and grade 9 Math.  PRSD also notes increases in the acceptable standard measure for grade six Social Studies and for grade 9 Math and Social Studies. PRSD notes slight decreases in the number of students achieving an acceptable standard in grade six Math and Science and in grade nine English Language Arts and Science.

Diploma Exam Results
PRSD is pleased to report significant increases in the number of students achieving a standard of excellence in English 30-2 and Physics 30. Slight decreases are noted in the number of students achieving the acceptable standard in Chemistry 30, Math 30-1 and Math 30-2, while a larger decrease occurred in English 30-1, Biology 30, and Social Studies 30-1 and 30-2.

PRSD is particularly proud of the overall level of student performance in English 30-1 and 30-2 and in the overall five year trends in Math 30-1 and Physics 30.

“While we have many reasons to celebrate, we are continually focused on students reaching their full potential,” says Kuester. The results provide valuable information that guides us to put strategies in place that supports student success in all subject areas.” 

The division will remain focused on the Collaborative Response Model, frequent use of formative assessment practices and early intervention work.  PRSD will also continue to have educators take part in provincial test review and marking sessions throughout the year.  PRSD will continue to focus on numeracy and literacy as the core of all teaching and learning practices, and PRSD’s Learning Services Team will ensure schools are supported in this important work.

“The Collaborative Response Model mirrors our mission statement, “Learning Together – Success for All,” says Kuester. “The model is rooted in the foundation of collaboration among staff, data-informed decision making,  frequent assessment practices, and timely intervention to ensure all students experience success.”

 We look forward to our continued work in supporting our staff and students of Peace River School Division.