VANCOUVER, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - Vancouver teachers believe that the Fraser
Institute rankings of elementary schools do not give an accurate
picture of schools in Vancouver.
"Last year, an increasing number of parents of Vancouver public school
students asked that their child not participate in the Foundation
Skills Assessment," Chris Harris says. The Fraser Institute includes
the percentage of children not writing as a factor in their score out
of ten. Their ranking system will give better scores to schools with a
higher participation rate, thereby, skewing the results.
"The Fraser Institute now seems to be judging parents and the community
in the choices they are making for their child as a factor in their
school rankings," Chris Harris states. "Clearly, this is about the
Fraser Institute furthering its goal of privatizing schools. Vancouver
public schools offer an exceptional learning environment for students
and do not discriminate on who they allow through the front door."
Teachers in Vancouver have long had concerns with the Foundation Skills
Assessment, which is administered to grade 4 and 7 students. If the
Foundation Skills Assessment were done on a random sample basis, there
would not be such a loss of instructional time and the Fraser Institute
would not be able to misuse the data in this damaging exercise of
SOURCE VESTA: Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association
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