Calgary and Edmonton elementary schools garner highest rankings in Fraser Institute annual report card



    CALGARY, March 11 /CNW/ - Elementary schools in Alberta's two major
cities dominate the top spots in the Report Card on Alberta's Elementary
Schools: 2007 Edition, released today by independent research organization The
Fraser Institute.
    The Report Card on Alberta's Elementary Schools: 2007 Edition rates 705
public, private, separate and charter elementary schools from across Alberta
based on seven key indicators derived from province-wide tests of reading,
writing, and mathematics skills administered by Alberta Education.
    This annual report card compiles data from these indicators into easily
read charts that allow anyone to analyze and compare the performance of
individual schools. Parents consult the report card when they are choosing a
school and use it as an annual audit of how their children's school is doing
academically.
    "Unlike a simple snapshot, the report card shows parents how each school
has done in academics over a number of years, allowing them to judge the
school's ongoing performance," said Peter Cowley, the Institute's Director of
School Performance Studies and co-author of the report card.
    "Teachers and administrators can also use the report card to compare
results for their schools with those of other schools whose students share
personal or family characteristics. Seeing what other schools have
accomplished can make a useful contribution to each school's on-going
improvement efforts."
    Of the 25 highest-rated schools, all but five are in either Calgary or
Edmonton. Calgary leads the way with 14 elementary schools in the top 20 while
Edmonton has six. St. Albert placed two schools in the top 20 while Okotoks,
Sherwood Park, and Strathmore each had one. Eleven of the schools are public,
nine are private, four are separate and one is a charter school.

    
    The top-ranked elementary schools:

    1   Clear Water Academy             Calgary
    1   Webber                          Calgary
    1   Windsor Park                    Edmonton
    1   Suzuki Charter                  Edmonton
    5   Sunalta                         Calgary
    6   Strathcona-Tweedsmuir           Okotoks
    6   Grandview Heights               Edmonton
    8   Nellie McClung                  Calgary
    8   Calgary Waldorf                 Calgary
    10  Glenmore Christian              Calgary
    10  Hillhurst                       Calgary
    10  Sacred Heart                    Strathmore
    10  Patricia Heights                Edmonton
    14  Glen Allan                      Sherwood Park
    18  Calgary Jewish Academy          Calgary
    18  Keenooshayo                     St. Albert
    20  Tempo                           Edmonton
    20  Monsignor E. L. Doyle           Calgary
    20  Calgary French & International  Calgary
    20  George H Luck                   Edmonton
    20  Alex Ferguson                   Calgary
    20  River Valley                    Calgary
    

    The complete report card, including detailed results on all 705 schools,
is available at www.fraserinstitute.ca.

    The Fraser Institute is an independent research and educational
organization based in Canada. Its mission is to measure, study, and
communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on
the welfare of individuals. To protect the Institute's independence, it does
not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit
www.fraserinstitute.ca





For further information:

For further information: MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Cowley, Director of School
Performance Studies, will be in Calgary and available for media interviews
Sunday, March 11 and Monday March 12, Cell: (604) 789-0475, Email:
peterc@fraserinstitute.ca; Dean Pelkey, Associate Director of Communications,
The Fraser Institute, Tel: (604) 714-4582, Email deanp@fraserinstitute.ca

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