School rankings don’t show the whole picture

Terrace schools are once again at the bottom of the Fraser Institute’s school ranking list for 2012

Terrace schools are once again at the bottom of the Fraser Institute’s school ranking list for 2012, but school board chair Art Erasmus says the rankings, based on the results of the province’s Foundation Skills Assessment tests, don’t tell the whole story.

“It’s only a one shot deal on an activity that happens once a year, and it doesn’t consider the kind of population that is served by a given school, it doesn’t consider what things are being done for the school to help kids and families cope with life and the circumstances that are there,” he said of the tests, that measure reading, writing, and numeracy and are administered to students once a year in Grade 4 and Grade 7.

Out of 853 schools, independent school Veritas was the highest ranked at 33, with Cassie Hall at 843 and Suwilaawks at 850. Other Terrace schools were not included on the list because there was not enough data.

The Suwilaawks’ morning physical activity program is one example of something beneficial a school is doing that isn’t measured in the rankings, said Erasmus.

“The kids love it, they’re getting their physical activity, they like going to school because of the way they’re being treated,” he said. “It helps attendance and it helps a whole bunch of other things so that the kids want to be there and do some work.”

The Fraser Institute’s Peter Cowley, one of the authors of the report, agrees that the rankings don’t include all factors – and that’s why more data is needed on students, not less. The government has indicated it may cancel the tests in the future, but Cowley says that would be a mistake.

“These tests … are a minor, minor imposition on both the timetable and the budget,” he said. “And yet, they are of considerable value not just to parents but also to educators and education researchers.”

 

Just Posted

Terrace school principal reassignments on hold

School board announces “one-year transition” to cheering crowd

Restored Tsimshian totem pole, a gift from B.C., unveiled in Whitehorse

The Gawagani Pts’aan, meaning “Peace Totem Pole,” was gifted to the Yukon government in 1971.

Lost Lake closed for fishing due to goldfish invasion

Pet fish is considered an invasive species to B.C. wild

Two Terrace kayakers set out on Nass River with fundraising mission

By travelling 380km, their aim is to encourage more youth to paddle

DFO announces openings for chinook

Opportunities are few between widespread closures

VIDEO: Driver doing laps in busy Vancouver intersections nets charges

Toyota Camry spotted doing laps in intersection, driving towards pedestrians

Every situation is different, jurors hear at coroners inquest into Oak Bay teen’s overdose death

Pediatrician says involuntary treatment necessary following overdose, opioid use

RCMP across Canada to soon unionize, according to B.C. mayor

A spokeswoman for RCMP headquarters in Ottawa says it’s not yet a done deal

Explicit sex-ed guide for adults mistakenly given to Creston elementary students

The booklet clearly states online and inside that the guide contains sexually explicit information

Driver has $240K McLaren impounded minutes after buying it in West Vancouver

Officers clocked the car travelling at 160 km/h along Highway 1 in a 90 km/h zone

Former Vernon Judo coach pleads guilty to child pornography charges

Bryan Jeffrey McLachlan is set to return to court Sept. 4 for sentencing

B.C. Olympic skier sues Alpine Canada after coach’s sex offences

Bertrand Charest was convicted in 2017 on 37 charges

Former Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo to retire

‘Bobby Lou’ calls it a career after 19 NHL seasons

Most Read