Achievement up in a number of subjects in Golden Hills

With upward trends in achievement over the last three years, Golden Hills continued to see improvement in a number of areas on the 2017-2018 Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Examinations. Annually, these assessment results are measured in the Provincial Accountability Pillar, where indicators, such as dropout rates, high school completion, post-secondary transition rates and a variety of stakeholder satisfaction measures, are also considered.

The 2017-18 results show that Golden Hills students are near, at or above the provincial average in seven of the eight Provincial Achievement Tests, with a slight growth (<5%) in Grade 6 Social and Grade 9 Language Arts, a moderate increase (>5%) in Grade 9 Science, and a significant increase (>10%) in Grade 6 Math. Over the previous year, the percentage of students achieving the Standard of Excellence improved in two of the eight Achievement Tests (Grade 6 Math and Grade 9 Science). 

 

Golden Hills maintained achievement in five out of nine Diploma exams (Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Social 30-1, Biology 30 and Physics 30), observing improvement in Math 30-1 at both the Acceptable Standard and the Standard of Excellence. As well, Golden Hills students exceeded the Provincial Standard of Excellence benchmark in four of the nine Diploma courses (Math 30-1, Biology 30, Chemistry 30 and Physics 30).

“We are very pleased to see a continuation of good student results again in this year’s student achievement”, said Bevan Daverne, Superintendent of Schools. “This year’s results support a continuation of positive trends and provides affirmation for our teachers and the hard work they have done with students in their classrooms to create innovative and engaging classrooms. We are also very proud of our students. They have worked hard and it is encouraging to see our leaders of the future developing in our classrooms.”

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 Education Plan and Results Report, which will be posted on each website by November 30.

Laurie Huntley, Golden Hills School Division Board Chair, stated, “On behalf of the Board, we are pleased to hear that after a number of years of growth, Golden Hills is still seeing improvements in many areas on the Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Examinations. The Board is delighted with all the work students have done and we are grateful for all of the support from staff and parents.”

In accordance with the provincial schedule, the School Board has had the opportunity to review the 2017-2018 provincial testing results for the Diploma Exams and Provincial Achievement Tests.

Additional information regarding the provincial tests can be found at:

https://education.alberta.ca/provincial-achievement-tests/about-the-pats/

https://education.alberta.ca/diploma-exam-administration/diploma-examinations-program/

For further clarification, please contact Bevan Daverne, Superintendent of Schools.