The trend continues: nine of the 10 fastest improving schools in Quebec are public



    MONTREAL, Sept. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - For the second year in a row, nine of
the 10 fastest improving schools in Quebec are public schools, according to
the Report Card on Quebec's Secondary Schools: 2008 Edition, released today by
independent research organization the Fraser Institute.
    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.
    "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," said Tasha
Kheiriddin, the Fraser Institute's Directrice, Québec et la Francophonie and
co-author of the report.
    Among the top 10 fastest improving schools are schools serving families
with relative low income levels, schools in both urban and rural areas 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 2003 - 2007: (listed from fastest
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    improving school at the top)
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                                                          Overall   Overall
                                                           Rating    Rating
    School name             School city       Sector         2003      2007
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    Ecole secondaire                          public
    Natagan                 Barraute          francophone     3.6       7.1
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                                              public
    Lakeside Academy        Lachine           anglophone      0.5       4.1
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    Richmond Regional                         public
    High School             Richmond          anglophone      3.6       7.2
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                                              public
    Ecole Mont-Royal        Mont-Royal        francophone     3.8       6.5
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    Massey - Vanier High                      public
    School                  Cowansville       anglophone      3.1       5.5
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    Centre des Services     Saint-Bruno-de    public
    alternatifs             -Montarville      francophone     0.4       2.5
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    Ecole secondaire des    Saint-Michel-     public
    Montagnes               des-Saints        francophone     4.1       6.6
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                                              public
    Ecole Pierre-Bédard     Saint-Rémi        francophone     3.7       6.2
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    Juvénat Saint-Jean      Dolbeau-          privé
    (F.I.C)                 Mistassini        francophone     6.0       7.7
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    Polyvalente de                            public
    Normandin               Normandin         francophone     4.5       6.4
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    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.

    Top 10 fastest declining schools 2003 - 2007: (listed from fastest
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    declining school)
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                                                          Overall   Overall
                                                           Rating    Rating
    School name             School city       Sector         2003      2007
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                                              Public
    Ecole Pierre-Dupuy      Montréal          francophone     2.8         0
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    Académie Beth Rivkah                      Privé
    pour filles             Montréal          français        8.9       7.7
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                                              Public
    Ecole le Mistral        Mont-Joli         francophone     5.3       3.5
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    Centre éducatif                           Public
    l'Abri                  Port-Cartier      francophone     6.1       3.8
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    Ecole secondaire                          Public
    participative l'Agora   Longueuil         francophone     5.8       3.3
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                                              Public
    Ecole Honoré-Mercier    Montréal          francophone     4.9       2.8
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    Ecole sec.                                Public
    Chanoine-Beaudet        Saint-Pascal      francophone     6.5       4.7
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                                              Public
    Ecole Saint-Maxime      Laval             francophone     6.5       4.5
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    Ecole sec.                                Public
    Dorval-Jean XXII        Dorval            francophone     6.9       5.2
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    Polyvalente des                           Public
    Appalaches              Sainte-Justine    francophone     6.2       4.6
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    "Declines like these call for immediate action and parents should
encourage school administrators to redouble their efforts to ensure that all
the school's students succeed," said Peter Cowley, Director of School
Performance Studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of the report.
    The Report Card on Quebec's Secondary Schools: 2008 Edition will be
available at a news conference at the Omni Hotel, 1050 Sherbrooke St. West,
Montreal, at 10 a.m. Friday, September 19th.
    Members of the media can access the complete detailed school-by-school
results and rankings in PDF format at
http://www.fraserinstitute.org/Commerce.Web/product_files/70QCFSC08COMP.pdf
after 6 a.m., Friday September 19th. In addition, the Report Card's finding
will be available to the public on Monday, September 22nd at
www.fraserinstitute.org .
    This year, Le Journal de Montréal and Le Journal de Québec will publish
the detailed school-by-school results in a 36-page insert in their Saturday,
September 20th edition.
    "Le Journal de Montréal and Le Journal de Québec are proud to participate
in the publication of the ninth edition of the Report Card on Quebec's
Secondary Schools. Choosing your child's school is one of the most important
decisions parents make, and we are pleased to help share this invaluable tool
with them," said Lyne Robitaille, Executive vice president, Operations Eastern
Canada, Sun Media, President and Publisher, Journal de Montréal.

    The Report Card Series

    The Fraser Institute publishes annual report cards on secondary schools
in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario 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 with locations across North America and partnerships in more than
70 countries. 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




For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Julie Lajoye, Communications
officer for Quebec and la Francophonie, Fraser Institute, (514)-281-9550 x.
302, Cell: (514)-660-3727, julie.lajoye@fraserinstitute.org; Dean Pelkey,
Director of Communications, The Fraser Institute, (604) 714-4582,
dean.pelkey@fraserinstitute.org

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