Press Release - Golden Hills sees continued Improvement in Student Achievement -----
Students in the Golden Hills School Division are performing well and continue to improve in many areas according to the most recent results on the 2014-2015 Provincial Achievement Test and Diploma Examinations.
“We are very pleased to see continued increases again in this year’s student achievement results” said Bevan Daverne, Superintendent of Schools. Many of our Achievement test and Diploma exams results have continued to rise across Golden Hills schools. We are very proud of the hard work of our students as well as the work our teachers do to create innovative and engaging classrooms.
In Golden Hills School Division, the percentage of students achieving the Acceptable Standard improved over the previous year in all eight of the Achievement tests from grades 6 and 9. The percentage of students achieving the Standard of Excellence improved over the previous year in four of the eight Achievement Tests. Grade 6 English Language Arts, Math, Social, and Science were above the Provincial average for the number of students achieving the acceptable standard. Furthermore, grade 6 Social achieved above provincial average in the Standard of Excellence.
Golden Hills saw increases in the number of students achieving Acceptable Standard over the previous year in four of the nine diploma courses (Social 30-1, Math 30-1, Biology 30, and Physics 30). Golden Hills’ students exceeded the provincial Standard of Excellent benchmark in four of the nine diploma courses (Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30, and Math 30-1). There were also increases over the previous year in the number of students achieving the Standard of Excellence in four of the nine diploma courses (Social 30-1, Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Math, and Physics 30).
“We are facilitating students in becoming strong critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators and creative doers while ensuring foundational skills in literacy and numeracy. Our teachers are using high yield strategic instructional practices that improve student learning.” Dr. Kandace Jordan, Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services. “Our investment in professional development and teacher collaboration has supported the development of teaching practices that best enhance student learning”
The Provincial Achievement and Diploma Examination results are measured in the Provincial Accountability Pillar. Other indicators include dropout rates, high school completion, post-secondary transition rates and a variety of stakeholder satisfaction measures.
Principals will communicate their school’s results, along with important contextual information, to parents at School Council meetings. This information will be reported in each school’s Annual Educational Plan and Results Report which will be posted on their website by November 30.
“The Board has had the opportunity to review the 2014/2015 provincial testing results for the diploma exams and provincial achievement tests” said Dave Price. “We are very pleased with the success of our students and the continued gains in improvement. We very much appreciate all the work teachers, support staff and parents have done to support students and increase their Achievement in Golden Hills. I encourage parents to attend the School Council meeting where principals review the results and discuss the school’s annual education plan.”
Further information about these provincial tests can be found at:
For further information, please contact Bevan Daverne, Superintendent of Schools.