PRSD's Provincial Achievement Test and Diploma Exam results

PRSD's Provincial Achievement Test and Diploma Exam results

For immediate release
October 18, 2018- During the regular board meeting held today, Peace River School Division’s (PRSD) 2017-2018 Provincial Achievement Test and Diploma Exam results were presented to the board of trustees.

“The results show progress in several 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 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 Mathematics and in grade nine English Language Arts and Science. PRSD also notes increases in the acceptable standard measure for grade six English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies as well as grade nine Science. PRSD notes slight decreases in the number of students achieving an acceptable standard in grade six Math and in grade nine English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies.

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

PRSD is particularly proud of the improvement shown in Mathematics 30-1 that saw a 28.5% increase of students achieving an acceptable standard over last year’s results. In addition, 22.6% of students achieved a standard of excellence in this subject.

“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 and formative assessment practices, early intervention, and PRSD will 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.

“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 decisions, frequent assessment practices, and timely intervention to ensure all students experience success.”