Since 1999, the Canadian public policy think tank and registered charity Fraser Institute has been ranking schools in Alberta based on academic achievement in certain areas.
On Saturday, it released the findings from elementary and high school reports for the 2018-19 school year. These reports are meant to give parents and educators updates on how certain schools perform year by year.
Indicators for secondary schools include:
- Average exam mark
- Percentage of exams failed
- School versus exam mark difference
- Courses taken per student
- Diploma completion rate
- Delayed advancement rate
Indicators for elementary schools include:
- Grade 3 average test mark (Lang. Arts, Math)
- Grade 6 average test mark (Lang. Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies)
- Percentage of tests failed
- Tests not written (percentage)
These indicators are then averaged to provide an overall score out of 10 that answers the question: ‘In general, how does the school succeed compared to all the other schools in the Bulletin?’
Some — but not all — of Lethbridge’s schools were included in the survey. Cowley said the Fraser Institute includes all schools with sufficient data provided to them by the Ministry of Education.
Out of a total of 253 high schools in the report, Immanuel Christian ranked 50th in the province with a score of 7.4 out of 10 on the selected criteria. Lethbridge Collegiate Institute came in 114th place with a score of 6.2.
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