VANCOUVER, April 14 /CNW/ - The Lower Mainland has the highest number of
secondary schools with improved rankings in the Report Card on Secondary
Schools in British Columbia and Yukon: 2007 Edition, released today by
independent research organization The Fraser Institute.
Of the 24 schools enjoying significant improvement in their overall
ratings over the last five years, 13 are found in the Lower Mainland. The
Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island each claim four improving schools, and
three are located in the Interior and Northern BC region.
The Report Card on Secondary Schools in British Columbia and Yukon: 2007
Edition rates 291 public and private secondary schools from across British
Columbia using nine key indicators of school performance. The indicators are
based on student results data provided by the BC Ministry of Education.
Secondary schools in the Yukon follow, for the most part, British
Columbia's curriculum and their students participate in provincial exams
administered by BC's Ministry of Education.
This annual report card, available at www.fraserinstitute.ca, compiles
data from these indicators into easily read tables 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.
The numbers also show that the Lower Mainland has a greater share of
improving schools than it does of the total number of schools. While the Lower
Mainland accounts for just 36 per cent of all secondary schools ranked in the
report card, it has 54 per cent of the improving schools. The Fraser Valley
and Vancouver Island with 23 per cent and 20 per cent of the total
respectively, each accounted for only 17 per cent of the improving schools.
The Interior and Northern BC with 18 per cent of all schools contributed just
12 per cent of the improving schools.
"Unlike a simple snapshot, the report card shows parents and educators
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.
"Seeing how other schools have improved and what they have accomplished
can make a useful contribution to each school's efforts at on-going
The 24 significantly improved schools (in alphabetical order)
Abbotsford Christian Abbotsford
Bulkley Valley Christian Smithers
Dr. Charles Best Coquitlam
Elgin Park Surrey
Fraser Heights Surrey
Guildford Park Surrey
Lakes District Burns Lake
Little Flower Vancouver
Lord Byng Vancouver
Mount Douglas Victoria
North Surrey Surrey
Okanagan Mission Kelowna
Princess Margaret Surrey
Sentinel West Vancouver
Shawnigan Lake Shawnigan Lake
Sir Alexander MacKenzie Hagensborg
South Kamloops Kamloops
West Point Grey Vancouver
The complete report card, including detailed results on all 291 schools,
is available at www.fraserinstitute.ca.
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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
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Studies, will be available for interviews Saturday, April 14 and Sunday April
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