Clearview students again grade higher than provincial average

Students in public schools of Clearview School Division have again scored marks above the provincial average in various tests.

Results for 2009-2010 provincial achievement tests (PATs) for grades 3, 6 and 9 and the diploma exam results (DIPs) for Grade 12 show Clearview students outperformed students elsewhere in Alberta in the acceptable standard in 16 tests including three of the new knowledge and employability Grade 9 courses.

“These test results validate the hard work of our parents, students, teachers and support staff and we want to congratulate them. We are proud of the Clearview community and have many positive things to celebrate,” said Ken Checkel, who chairs the board and credits those involved in education with student success.

While he echoes the board’s view, administration is committed to build in weaker areas.

“Similar to previous years, there are always opportunities to improve and the division will closely analyze the test results and identify what actions can be taken to further improve students’ test performance,” said Superintendent John Bailey.

The following is a compilation of the highlights of the results as reported by the Clearview School Division:

Provincial Achievement Tests

Clearview students outperformed students in the province in the acceptable standard in 11 of 14 tests.

In five of eight tests written both years, achievement at the acceptable standard increased from the previous year: Language Arts 6, Math 6, Science 6, Language Arts 9 and Science 9.

Clearview’s participation rates exceeded those of the province in every test area (except for Math 9 in which many of our students wrote the pilot test). Clearview students exceeded the province at the standard of excellence in five of 14 tests.

Diploma Exams

For the diploma examination results, for grade 12 students, Clearview students outperformed other students in Alberta at the acceptable standard on 5 examinations (English 30-1 and 30-2, Biology 30, Chemistry 30 and Applied Math 30).

Social Studies was a new program with a pilot examination for which comparative results are not available.

Results at the acceptable standard remain very strong in English 30-1 (85.5 per cent) and English 30-2 (93per cent).

At the acceptable standard results in English 30-1 is higher than the previous three years.

Clearview students outperformed other students in Alberta in four tests at the standard of excellence.

The standard of excellence results in English 30-2 and Applied Math 30 are higher than the previous four years,

Pure Math 30 is higher than the previous two years and results in the new chemistry program are higher than the previous year.

Clearview participation rates (as per most recent data, 2009) exceeded those of the province in seven subject areas (English 30-2, Applied Math 30, Social 30-1, Social 33, Biology 30, Chemistry 30 and Physics 30).

Grade 12 Final Course Marks

Clearview students achieved over 90 per cent at the acceptable standard in six courses (English 30-1 and 30-2, Social Studies 30-1, 30-2 and 33, and Pure Math 30) and over 80 per cent in four other courses (Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30, Social Studies 30).

Clearview students outperformed other students in the province at the acceptable standard on four courses (English 30-1, Pure Math 30, Social Studies 30-1 and 30-2).

Final course marks have improved from the previous year’s results at the acceptable standard in Biology 30, English 30-1, Pure Math 30 and at the standard of excellence in English 30-2, Applied Math 30, Pure Math 30, Biology 30, and Chemistry 30.

Areas for Growth

Provincial Achievement Tests

Clearview will continue to work towards exceeding provincial averages at the standard of excellence at Grades 6 and 9.

Diploma Exams

Clearview will continue to work towards exceeding provincial averages in the acceptable standard and standard of excellence.

Final Course Marks

Clearview will continue to work towards meeting provincial averages at acceptable standard in Pure Math 30, Applied Math 30, Biology 30, Chemistry 30 and Physics 30 and meeting provincial averages at the standard of excellence in all courses.