Thursday, 23 November 2017 10:46

Encouraging results from PAT/Diploma exams for Prairie Rose School Division

Written by  Jamie Regier
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The success of Prairie Rose School Division's focus on literacy is showing in the improved results of the PAT (Provincial Achievement Test) and Diploma exam results  that were released at the Nov. 13 board meeting.


"Prairie Rose is extremely pleased with the results and there has been a noted improvement in the diploma exams," said Reagan Weeks, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning. "We continue to expect strong results. PAT and diploma exams are only one indicator we use. Parent involvement is so important and we are always looking to design a better learning experience for our students."
While the highlights of the PRSD PAT results show a slight decrease from three-year average, they do exceed provincial results in acceptable standard with six of eight Grade 9 standard of excellence results in 2016-17 improved from previous year's results. Math 9 and Science 9 show significant improvement and 14 of 20 Grade 9 results show improvement from the previous school year. The division improved in two of 16 categories at the Grade 6 level and in 14 of 20 categories at the Grade 9 level. Every year, PRSD students in Grades 6 and 9 take PAT tests in English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science.
Results from the diploma exams saw improvement in 17 of 20 categories from 2016 to 2017. The rolling three-year average for the overall diploma results show student achievement has exceeded both the acceptable and standard of excellence categories, an indication that the school board's literacy focus is trending to student success.
The current result for the diploma acceptable standard is 87.7 for PRSD with the previous three-year average being 85.6. The same figures for the provincial results are 83 and 83.1 percent.

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