A Ranking of High Schools that gives a fair picture



    MONTREAL, Oct. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - For the first time, the 2008 Ranking of
Quebec High Schools (Palmarès des écoles secondaires du Québec 2008), prepared
by the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) and published by L'actualité
magazine, evaluates the impact of the schools themselves on academic
performance, having accounted for student selection and the importance of
social environment. This new indicator is an indispensable tool for parents
and teachers who want a fair picture of each school's contribution to its
students' success. One of the study's two authors, Marcel Boyer, MEI vice
president and chief economist, explains that "we are turning a new page:
parents now have a reliable and accessible comparison tool for choosing or
questioning their school, and those within the educational system will
appreciate the fact that the efforts of institutions that do not select their
students - and often work within a difficult environment - are recognized."
Many public schools make a good showing, filling eight of the top ten spots
for school impact and eight of the top ten for improvement rate over the last
five years.

    The new impact indicator reveals a school's contribution to success

    The impact indicator is a new tool for parents to use in determining the
contribution of a school's team of teachers, professionals, and administrators
to the success of their students. This indicator must be used in conjunction
with the general ranking in order to arrive at a fair judgment of those
schools that do not use selection. Currently, a large majority of private
institutions and half of public high schools select all or some of their
students. According to Mathieu Laberge, MEI economist and coauthor of the
Ranking, "Contrary to popular opinion, it is not the private or public
character of an institution that gives it an advantage in the academic results
ranking, but rather this practice of selection, whether it takes place in the
private or the public sphere." Moreover, the impact indicator takes into
account the advantage a student gains from his home environment, whether or
not the school has a positive influence. The results are thus adjusted
according to students' mothers' education level and of total household
revenue, two predictors of success recognized in the scientific literature.

    The results indicator presents a complete and reliable ranking

    The results indicator, based on the Department of Education's provincial
exams, and adjusted according to the schools' promotion and success rates,
measures student performance for 478 Quebec high schools. This general ranking
is more reliable and rigorous than before due to the addition of confidence
intervals that were measured in order to group together schools with results
that did not differ by statistically significant amounts. It was recalculated
for the last five years. Furthermore, all of the schools that do not figure in
the ranking are listed on the website with explanations, making this the most
transparent and complete ranking available; in total, 632 schools are included
in the database. Participation in the Fédération québécoise du sport
étudiant's ISO-ACTIF healthy habits program is indicated for each school.

    A more accessible Ranking

    For the first time, graphs allow the reader to see clearly how the two
indicators (impact and results) progressed over the last five years. The more
user-friendly website is bilingual: www.lactualite-iedm.com/en/. It allows for
comparison, at a glance, of a given school with any other schools, as measured
by impact, results, promotion rate, as well as average marks and failure rates
in core subjects.
    The following table shows that the schools that greatly contribute to
their students' advancement are distributed across six regions in Quebec, and
are not found only in well-to-do neighbourhoods. Moreover, seven of the ten
schools with the highest impact indicators, including the top three, do not
select their students.

    
               THE TEN SCHOOLS WITH THE BEST IMPACT INDICATORS
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                                                                      Impact
     Prov.     School                                          Selec-  indi-
     rank       name     City       Region    Sector  Language  tion   cator
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    1 / 462   Polyva-   Fermont    Côte-Nord  Public   French   None   100.0
              lente
              Horizon-
              Blanc
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    2 / 462   Ecole     Matapédia  Gaspésie-  Public   French   None    97.9
              des Deux-            Iles-
              Rivières             Madeleine
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    3 / 462   Collège   La         Bas-Saint- Private  French   None    96.0
              de        Pocatière  Laurent
              Sainte-
              Anne-de-La-
              Pocatière
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    4 / 462   Ecole     Westmount  Montreal   Public   French   Total   95.9
              interna-
              tionale
              de Montréal
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    5 / 462   Ecole     Montreal   Montreal   Public   French   None    95.5
              Saint-Luc
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    6 / 462   Ecole     Montreal   Montreal   Public   French  Partial  94.6
              secondaire
              Jean-Grou
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    7 / 462   Ecole     Témis-     Abitibi-   Public   French   None    94.2
              Gilbert-  caming     Témis-
              Théberge             camingue
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    8 / 462   Ecole     Laval      Laval      Public   English  None    93.6
              Alter-
              native
              Phoenix
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    9 / 462   Ecole     Laval      Laval      Private  French   None    93.1
              secondaire
              francophone
              Vanguard
              Québec
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    10 / 462  Ecole     Montreal-  Montreal   Public   French  Partial  92.9
              secon-    North
              daire
              Henri-
              Bourassa
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    The following table paints a very different picture than the preceding
one, for the schools that top the results ranking practice selection and are
located mostly in privileged areas.

               THE TEN SCHOOLS WITH THE BEST RESULTS INDICATORS
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                                                                     Results
     Prov.                                                             indi-
     rank      School name      City     Sector   Language  Selection  cator
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    1 / 477  Ecole            Westmount  Public    French     Total    100.0
             internationale
             de Montréal
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    1 / 477  Collège         Terrebonne  Private   French     Total    100.0
             Saint-
             Sacrement
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    1 / 477  Collège          Montreal   Private   French     Total    100.0
             Jean-Eudes
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    1 / 477  Collège          Montreal   Private   French     Total    100.0
             Charlemagne
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    1 / 477  Collège          Montreal   Private   French     Total    100.0
             Sainte-Anne
             de Lachine
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    1 / 477  Collège          Montreal   Private   French     Total    100.0
             Jean-de-Brébeuf
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    7 / 477  Miss Edgar's     Westmount  Private   English    Total     99.1
             & Miss Cramp's
             School
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    8 / 477  Collège          Montreal   Private   French     Total     99.0
             Notre-Dame-du-
             Sacré-Coeur
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    9 / 477  Collège          Montreal   Public    French     Total     98.0
             Saint-Louis
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    9 / 477  Collège Regina   Montreal   Private   French     Total     98.0
             Assumpta
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    The two tables below show changes in school performance over the last five
years. Note that among the ten most improved schools, six do not practice
selection, and also that half of the ten schools that declined the most are
located in Montreal.

                        THE TEN MOST IMPROVED SCHOOLS
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                                                                   Re-    Re-
                                                                sults  sults
                                                                 indi-  indi-
                                                                cator  cator
                                                         Selec-  2002-  2006-
      School name        Region        Sector  Language   tion   2003   2007
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    Ecole des          Lanaudière      Public   French    None   36,2   64,9
    Montagnes
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    Ecole secondaire   Abitibi-        Public   French    None   43,3   64,3
    Natagan            Témiscamingue
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    Juvénat Saint-     Saguenay-Lac-   Private  French    Total  52,9   74,5
    Jean               Saint-Jean
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    Ecole La Voie      Montreal        Public   French    None   33,3   59,8
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    Ecole polyvalente  Gaspésie-Iles-  Public   French    None   38,3   63,9
    de Paspébiac       Madeleine
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    Académie Lakeside  Montreal        Public   English  Partial 22,9   39,8
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    Polyvalente de     Saguenay-Lac-   Public   French    None   40,5   60,8
    Normandin          Saint-Jean
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    Ecole Mont-Royal   Montreal        Public   French   Partial 43,0   61,0
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    Ecole secondaire   Estrie          Public   English   None   50,1   70,3
    régionale de
    Richmond
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    Collège Saint-     Outaouais       Private  French    Total  76,4   93,6
    Joseph de Hull
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                   THE TEN SCHOOLS THAT DECLINED THE MOST
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                                                                   Re-    Re-
                                                                sults  sults
                                                                 indi-  indi-
                                                                cator  cator
                                                                 2002-  2006-
       School name            Region       Sector   Language     2003   2007
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    Ecole Pierre-Dupuy       Montreal      Public    French      29,4    0,0
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    Centre éducatif l'Abri   Côte-Nord     Public    French      60,3   37,5
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    Académie Beth Rivkah     Montreal      Private   French      90,7   65,2
    pour filles
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    Ecole Honoré-Mercier     Montreal      Public    French      54,2   33,1
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    Ecole secondaire         Bas-Saint-    Public    French      57,9   45,6
    Chanoine-Beaudet         Laurent
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    Ecole Georges-Vanier     Montreal      Public    French      66,7   54,1
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    Ecole secondaire         Montreal      Public    English     62,6   43,5
    Rosemont
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    Cité étudiante de la     Outaouais     Public    French      52,5   37,2
    Haute-Gatineau
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    Polyvalente des          Chaudière-    Public    French      64,4   49,8
    Appalaches               Appalaches
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    Académie Sainte-Agathe   Laurentides   Public    English     70,0   53,1
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    The 2008 Portrait of Quebec High Schools was prepared by Marcel Boyer,
MEI vice president and chief economist, and Mathieu Laberge, MEI economist.
Claude Montmarquette (Université de Montréal) and Clément Lemelin (UQAM) also
collaborated on the project.

    Complete document: available free at WWW.IEDM.ORG
    Authors' photo: http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/images/boyerlaberge1008.jpg

    The Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) is an independent, non-profit,
non-partisan research and educational organization. Through studies and
conferences, it informs public policy debates in Quebec and Canada by
proposing wealth-generating reforms, notably on matters of taxation,
regulation, health care and education.




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Director of Communications, Montreal Economic Institute, (514) 273-0969 ext.
2225, Cell: (514) 574-0969, avaliquette@iedm.org


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