Six Year Graduation Rates
The Six Year Graduation Rate is a standard Ministry data set, showing the percentage of students who graduate with a Dogwood from district secondary schools within six years of their grade eight school year. This allows students five years to transition normally through the system, and gives one additional year to allow for mitigating events. The chart below shows the percentage of all SD83 Students who graduated within that six year time frame compared with the percentage of all the students in the province who graduated within that time frame, then shows the percentage of SD83 Indigenous Students compared with all the Indigenous students in the province, both of which are broken out by graduation cohort year.
The process for calculating this data has changed for this year’s publication, and now includes BC Resident students only. All Student BC Results have improved by about 4% because of this, as previous data was suppressed by International students who were enrolled in short term programs. Non-resident student participation in SD83 schools has been limited to this point, so local improvements resulting from this change are nominal.
Our All Student and Indigenous District results were once at the provincial average. SD83 All Student success softened for a few years years while the All Student BC Results have trended slowly upward. A similar pattern had emerged with our own Indigenous Graduation Rates, as the percentage of successful students has cycled in SD83 over the last several years, but the BC results trended upward to equal and then surpassed our District results.
However, the most recent results show minor gains in SD83 All Student Graduation Rates. A more substantial gain showed in last year’s Indigenous Graduation Rates, so that we are once again ahead of the Provincial average in this data set.
Provincial Literacy and Numeracy Assessments
The Provincial Numeracy Assessment was introduced for the 2017-18 school year. Completed by students in grades ten through twelve during an examination session of their choosing, the data from this first cohort will serve as a baseline for future cohorts. Data from the Provincial Literacy Assessment will be added to this page when it becomes available.
Results in this opening session were less than encouraging. Provincial results for this session netted just 35% of all participants reaching the Proficient and Extending categories, but only 21% of our District participants managed the same. Provincial results in the follow-up session actually softened, with only 33% of all participants reaching the Proficient and Extending categories, and District results dropping to just 19%.
Recent conversations with Ministry staff about the assessment have suggested a need to set different goal, as the categories are designed differently and the Proficient level will not likely be attainable for the majority of students.
Foundation Skills Assessments
The Foundation Skills Assessments have been in place at the grade four and seven levels since 2004. The format and timing has changed significantly three years ago, so only data since then is being considered. The rotating charts below indicate the percentage of students who demonstrated results in the On Track or Extending categories on these Reading, Writing, and Numeracy assessments at the Grade 4 and Grade 7 levels.
School District No. 83 students have typically had their strongest results in the Writing Assessment, followed by the Reading Assessment. Results on the Numeracy Assessment show our lowest results and continue to be an area of particular challenge for the district, especially for our Indigenous learners.
Numeracy results at the Grade 4 level show an upward trend, but are still behind the rest of the province. Reading results are slightly lower the the provincial average. Writing scores were hampered this year by a question that was misunderstood by a number of students in our test sessions.
Numeracy results at the Grade 7 level show an upward trend, but once again, are still behind the province. Reading results did not show as strongly this year as in previous years. Writing scores are still showing at or slightly above the rest of the province, with our Indigenous learners doing very well in comparison to their provincial counterparts.
This data considers the percentage of all students who can speak authentically to their learning, using the Thinking, the Communication, and the Personal and Social Core Competencies as the framework. This data set was collected through a survey of the local Principal and Vice-Principal group and is broken out by Primary (grades K-3), Intermediate (grades 4-9) and Secondary (grades 10-12) age groups.
Results for December 2018:
Results for December 2019:
Survey results from these initial surveys indicate that there is progress in schools in regard to student core competency self-reflection. No schools reported that they were still in the initial stages with No tangible actions at this time (Blue) nor did any indicate that they were yet Meeting or Exceeding Expectations (Red). All schools have reported that they are either currently in the Emerging (Orange) or On Track (Grey) categories, with the most pervasive use of reflective processes appearing in our Primary (K-3) grades.
Reflection practices are becoming more pervasive in Grades K-3 and Grades 4-9. Results in Grades 10-12 have retreated slightly due to higher expectations around class to class participation, despite the normalization of practices that capture student Core Competency reflections at end of semester reporting.
The 83Learns sub-committee has identified the following district assessments in order to provide a more complete view of student learning as they transition from kindergarten all the way through grade twelve. These assessments include:
- K-9 SNACC (Student Numeracy Assessment of Critical Concepts)
- K-3 Essential Literacy Skills
- K-5 PM Benchmarks
- Kindergarten Screening Assessments
More Metrics on Student Learning
Click on the link below to travel to the Ministry of Education’s website where you can look at other indicators of performance and compare our results with other districts and the provincial averages: BCED System Performance