More Lower Mainland schools showing improved scores on Fraser Institute report card on BC and Yukon secondary schools

    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, 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
        Cambie                                  Richmond
        Dr. Charles Best                        Coquitlam
        Elgin Park                              Surrey
        Fraser Heights                          Surrey
        Guildford Park                          Surrey
        Kitsilano                               Vancouver
        Lakes District                          Burns Lake
        Little Flower                           Vancouver
        Lord Byng                               Vancouver
        Mount Douglas                           Victoria
        North Surrey                            Surrey
        Okanagan Mission                        Kelowna
        Penticton                               Penticton
        Princess Margaret                       Surrey
        Reynolds                                Victoria
        Richmond                                Richmond
        Sentinel                                West Vancouver
        Shawnigan Lake                          Shawnigan Lake
        Sir Alexander MacKenzie                 Hagensborg
        South Kamloops                          Kamloops
        West Point Grey                         Vancouver
        Yale                                    Abbotsford

    The complete report card, including detailed results on all 291 schools,
is available at

    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

For further information:

For further information: Peter Cowley, Director of School Performance
Studies, will be available for interviews Saturday, April 14 and Sunday April
15, Cell: (604) 789-0475, Email:; Dean Pelkey,
Associate Director of Communications, The Fraser Institute, Tel: (604)
714-4582, Email

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