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 ranking schools.

SOURCE VESTA: Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association

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about this media release, contact Chris Harris, President, Vancouver Elementary School Teachers Association at, 604-873-8378 (office) or 604-604-760-5833 (cell).

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