Report card on Quebec schools shows nine of the top 10 fastest improving schools are public



    MONTREAL, Oct. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Nine of the 10 fastest improving schools
in Quebec are public schools, according to the 2007 edition of the Report Card
on Quebec's Secondary Schools, released today by the Montreal Economic
Institute and The Fraser Institute and, two independent research
organizations.
    The annual report card collects a variety of objective indicators of
school performance into one easily accessible, public document that allows
parents, school administrators, teachers, students, and taxpayers to analyze
the academic performance of students at individual schools and also to compare
each school's results with those of other schools. The Trends indicator shows
whether a school's results have improved or deteriorated over the past five
years.
    Among the top 10 fastest improving schools are schools serving families
with relative low income levels, schools with a high proportion of special
needs students, and schools that have climbed in the ratings from near zero
levels just a few years ago.

    
    Top 10 fastest improving schools 2002 - 2006: -
    -----------------------------------------------
    (Listed from fastest improving school at the top)
    -------------------------------------------------

                                                           Overall   Overall
                          School                           Rating    Rating
    School name           city        Sector                2002      2006

    Ecole secondaire
     Natagan              Barraute    Public francophone    2.6      7.2
    Ecole secondaire
     Duval                Montréal    Privé francophone     0.0      4.0
    Phoenix Alternative
      School              Laval       Public anglophone     1.2      4.7
    Ecole Mont-Royal      Mont-Royal  Public francophone    3.8      6.7
    Ecole Boudreau        Québec      Public francophone    0.8      4.2
    Richmond Regional
     High School          Richmond    Public anglophone     4.0      6.5
    Westmount
     High School          Westmount   Public anglophone     3.2      6.3
    Pontiac Protestant
     High School          Shawville   Public anglophone     3.1      6.0
    D'Arcy McGee
     High School          Gatineau    Public anglophone     3.0      5.1
    Polyvalente de
     Normandin            Normandin   Public francophone    4.6      6.5

    "These fast improving schools are an inspiration to other schools across
Quebec. Their performance clearly shows that improvement is possible
regardless of the challenges that the school's students face or of the
historical levels of achievement that the school has experienced," Tasha
Kheiriddin, The Fraser Institute's Directrice, Quebec et la Francophonie.
    The Report Card also identifies schools that show statistically
significant decline in their results over the past five years. By bringing
this decline to the attention of everyone interested in the school, the report
card can help to stop the downward trend.
    "Comparing performance between schools encourages competition and that
leads to overall improvement," said Paul Muller, President of the Montreal
Economic Institute.

    Top 10 fastest declining schools 2002 - 2006:
    ---------------------------------------------
    Listed from fastest declining school at the top
    -----------------------------------------------

                                                           Overall   Overall
                         School                            Rating    Rating
    School name          city         Sector                2002      2006

    Ecole Sainte-Anne    Daveluyville Public francophone    7.0       3.9
    Collège Champagneur  Rawdon       Privé francophone     8.1       5.4
    Ecole La
     Porte-du-Nord       Chibougamau  Public francophone    5.3       3.8
    Ecole
     Honoré-Mercier      Montréal     Public francophone    5.3       3.3
    Polyvalente
     Armand-Saint-Onge   Amqui        Public francophone    6.6       4.9
    Ecole
     Louis-Joseph-
     Papineau            Montréal     Public francophone    4.8       3.3
    Ecole Saint-Maxime   Laval        Public francophone    6.4       4.6
    Ecole internationale
     Saint-Edmond        Longueuil    Public francophone    7.9       5.9
    Ecole le Sommet      Québec       Public francophone    6.3       4.4
    Ecole secondaire
     La Concorde         Senneterre   Public francophone    6.7       4.7

    "Declines like these call for immediate action to improve and parents,
teachers, and administrators should all be aware of the schools' improvement
plans and the part that each must play in them," said Peter Cowley, The Fraser
Institute's Director of School Performance Studies and co-author of the Report
Card.

    Low-income schools achieving superior results

    The Bulletin des écoles secondaires also shows that schools with students
coming from lower-income households can achieve good results, as measured both
by the Value Added Indicator and the overall rating. Value Added is an
estimate of the school's contribution to its overall rating out of 10. It is
calculated by subtracting the estimated effects of socio-economic conditions
(whether positive or negative) and of the personal characteristics of students
(such as late entry) from the school's overall performance.
    Of the 105 schools in the lowest quarter based on parental income, 
25 achieved an "A" on the Value Added indicator. Among these 25 schools, 
16 scored higher than average on their overall rating out of 10.
    "We should applaud these schools. They have shown that good academic
results aren't found only in rich neighbourhoods," said Marcel Boyer,
Vice-president of the Montreal Economic Institute and co-author of the Report
Card.

    Low-income schools that scored "A" on the Value Added Index and scored
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    above average on overall rating
    -------------------------------
                                                     Average
                                                     Parental  Value  Overall
    School Name          City           Sector       Income($) Added  Rating

    Séminaire            Greneville-    Privé
     Du Sacré-Coeur      sur-la-rouge   francophone   46 100    A     9,1
    Ecole Rivière-       Notre-Dame     Public
     Des-Quinze-         du-Nord        francophone   45 900    A     7,5
    Ecole secondaire     Saint-Marc-    Public
     Saint-Marc          des-Carrières  francophone   45 400    A     7,4
    Ecoles Musulmanes
     De Montréal                        Privé
    (Campus secondaire)  Montréal       francophone   44 500    A     7,3
    Ecole secondaire                    Public
     Natagan             Barraute       francophone   45 500    A     7,2
    Ecole Joseph-                       Public
     François-Perrault   Montréal       francophone   42 200    A     7,1
    Ecole secondaire                    Public
     Paul-Le Jeune       Saint-Tite     francophone   39 400    A     7,0
                                        Public
    Ecole Saint-Luc      Montréal       francophone   41 300    A     6,9
    Ecole Louis-                        Public
     Cyr                 Napierville    francophone   46 700    A     6,7
    Ecole polyvalente                   Public
     du Transcontinental Pohénégamook   francophone   46 500    A     6,6
    Ecole polyvalente                   Public
     Monseigneur Sévigny Chandler       francophone   36 600    A     6,6
    Polyvalente De                      Public
     Normandin           Normandin      francophone   45 900    A     6,5
    Ecole des deux-
     Rivières et du
     Plateau                            Public
     (Saint-Alexis)      Matapédia      francophone   32 400    A     6,5
    Polyvalente Louis-                  Public
     Saint-Laurent       East Angus     francophone   43 700    A     6,4
    Ecole secondaire                    Public
     Henri-Bourassa      Montréal       francophone   33 500    A     6,4
    Ecole Antoine-                      Public
     Bernard             Carleton       francophone   42 100    A     6,3
    

    Interactive, web-based report card makes detailed comparisons easy

    Easy comparisons of the performance of different schools can be made
using the Bulletin interactif des écoles secondaires du Québec, an interactive
web-based tool available online at www.lactualite.com that lets parents,
teachers, and school and district administrators review a school's academic
performance based on overall school ratings or detailed, course-by-course
student results. The schools' results are presented instantly in an easy to
read, full-colour chart clearly illustrating how the school is doing. Each
chart includes up to 12 years of historical data showing how the school
performs over time.
    The complete rankings of the schools and detailed results (in PDF) can be
viewed at www.fraserinstitute.org and at www.iedm.org. The interactive version
of the report card is available on-line at
    www.lactualite-frasers.com/TargetMaker/targetmaker.aspx

    The Report Card Series

    The Fraser Institute publishes annual report cards on secondary schools
in British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec. It also publishes annual report
cards on elementary schools in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. The
Report Card on Quebec's Secondary Schools was first published in 2000.

    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.org

    The Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) is an independent, non-profit,
non-partisan research and educational institute. MEI is the product of a
collaborative effort between Montreal-area academics, economists and
entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.iedm.org-




For further information:

For further information: André Valiquette, Director of Communications,
Montreal Economic Institute, (514) 273-0969 x. 2225, Cell: (514) 574-0969,
avaliquette@iedm.org; Julie Lajoye, Fraser Institute Communications officer
for Quebec and la Francophonie, (514) 281-9550 x. 302, Cell: (514) 660-3727 ,
juliel@fraserinstitute.ca


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