Students of Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) continue to demonstrate success on the Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) administered annually by Alberta Education to students in Grades 6 and 9, and the Diploma Exams, administered to Grade 12 students. PWSD's Grade 3 students were not selected to participate in the province-wide piloting of digital Student Learning Assessments (SLAs), during which there will be no reporting of results.
Provincial Achievement Test results are good news for PWSD's Grades 6 and 9 students
PWSD's Grade 6 Language Arts, Math and Science students not only exceeded the provincial standard, they also show significant improvement over their results from the previous year. Grade 6 Social Studies students are closing the gap with provincial outcomes, showing a strong improvement over last year's results. Fluctuations in this area may be attributed to the impact of cycling Social Studies curriculum in multi-graded rural classrooms where students write exams on material covered during the previous year.
PWSD's Grade 9 Math result shows substantial improvement over the previous year and is significantly higher than that of the province. In Language Arts, Grade 9 students have improved on past results and exceeded the provincial average. When compared with students across Alberta, PWSD came within 1.2 and 1.3 per cent of the provincial averages in Science and Social Studies, respectively.
Diploma Exam results show areas of strength and opportunities for improvement
Since the 2006-2007 school year, PWSD has experienced improved performance in the percentage of students who achieved the acceptable standard in four of nine courses with data extending to that year. While there have been fluctuations in all courses, the trend has been consistently positive for PWSD when comparing student performance to past outcomes.
English and Social Studies results remain consistent, and PWSD's results remain competitive with the province in meeting the standard.
While Chemistry results remained consistent, Biology, Physics and Science 30 experienced slight declines over the previous school year in terms of the percentage of students meeting the acceptable standard. Assistant Superintendent Darren Young noted, "These results do not fit the previous two years of achievement trends and we will need to determine what has contributed to the slight decline in these areas."
PWSD's Math 30-1 and 30-2 results declined over the previous year, and resources will be directed toward assisting schools in reaching the provincial standard.
"We are pleased with the improvements in our PAT results and remain committed to seeking improved methods to ensure student success," says Superintendent Sheldon Rowe. "As a Board, we will continue to invest in our staff and students so that learning continues to improve. In addition to our mentorship program to support new teachers, we have added a coaching program focusing on elementary Language Arts and Math. PWSD is also currently in Phase 2 of the implementation of a Collaborative Response Model (CRM) – a system-wide framework that drives inclusion and promotes a collaborative response to the individual needs of all students. The CRM and other existing supports will help our teachers as they work to include the best instructional research in their daily lessons."