B.C. public elementary schools show improvement: Fraser Institute

Schools in Mission, Vancouver and Terrace showed marked improvement since 2011/2012

B.C.’s public elementary schools are continuing to improve, according to Fraser Institute rankings.

Out of the 61 schools to show improvement since 2011/2012, 57 of them were public schools. However, independent schools continue to outrank public schools. The average score for independent schools is eight out of 10, compared to 5.6 out of 10 for public schools.

B.C. schools by the numbersCreate your own infographics

“It is encouraging to see public schools across the province showing signs of improvement. Improving schools can show struggling schools how to help their students achieve better results,” said Peter Cowley, director of School Performance Studies at the Fraser Institute.

This year’s report ranked 956 public and independent elementary schools based on 10 academic indicators derived from the province-wide Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) results. The FSA’s judge Grade 4 and Grade 7 students on writing, reading and numeracy.

Compare schools here.

The three fastest improving schools in the province were St. Andrew’s in Vancouver, Silverdale in Mission and Upper Lynn in North Vancouver. Out of the top 10 fastest improving school province-wide, seven were public schools.

Mission School District  showed strong improvement in four out of their 11 ranked public schools since 2011/12. Mission’s Silverdale Elementary School’s overall rating moved upward every year from 3.0 in 2012 to 6.4 in 2016.

The top 10 elementary schools in B.C. are all independent school in the Lower Mainland. From one to 10:

  • Crofton House in Vancouver
  • Holy Cross in Burnaby
  • Mulgrave in West Vancouver
  • Our Lady of Mercy in Burnaby
  • Southridge in Surrey
  • St. George’s in Vancouver
  • Vancouver College in Vancouver
  • West Point Grey in Vancouver
  • York House in Vancouver
  • Corpus Christi in Vancouver

The top three public schools in the province are West Bay, Westcot and Ecole Cedardale all in West Vancouver.

The top school outside of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley is St. Joseph’s in Nelson.

The B.C. Teachers’ Federation remains dismissive of the rankings.

“For the last couple of years, the BCTF’s official response to the rankings has been this meme on social media,” BCTF spokesperson Rich Overgaard said in an email.

The BCTF has asked parents to withdraw their children from FSA testing for years.

“A single test should never be used to pit school communities against each other,” the organization said in an open letter to parents.

“But that is exactly what happens every year and it’s time we worked together to end the misleading practice.”

@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Just Posted

Middle school students busted for vaping in Oak Bay

Oak Bay Police respond to minors vaping, arson, and transients sleeping in a car

Peninsula Panthers look to claw their way back into the win column

Panthers remain the best team in the league, but the Victoria Cougars are set to pounce

Last call for raffle ticket to win $6,900 necklace with 163 diamonds

Oak Bay contest funds patient care for people and families dealing with cancer

More than 30 cars get tires slashed in Oaklands neighbourhood

VicPD are asking for help from witnesses to the incidents

Working with offenders: a look at Correctional Service Canada

CSC is one of many vendors featured at the upcoming Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair

WATCH: Greater Victoria’s top stories of the day

A round-up of the day’s top stories

Union says Western Forest Products refuses to budge from ‘unreasonable concessions’

According to a press release, both parties met on Oct. 16, 18, 19, and 20.

Alberta man pleads guilty, fined for hunting without a licence in North Island

It’s the responsibility of each hunter or angler to know whether they are considered a B.C. Resident.

Alcohol a possible factor in crash that killed 17-year-old girl near Williams Lake

A pickup truck left the road and rolled over on Highway 20 on the weekend

B.C. woman must pay $1,000 after unleashed dog bites another

Owner should never have left Bibi unattended, tribunal member wrote

Climate activist Greta Thunberg’s mural defaced in Edmonton

The eyes on the portrait were blacked out

App designed to help cut waste and grocery bills

Food security advocates say addressing poverty is ultimate key

Report suggests new BC Ferries terminal near YVR

Metro Vancouver currently has two ferry terminals at northern and southern reaches

B.C. scouting group’s tent destroyed by black bear on Thanksgiving

The Richmond-based Sea Dragon Sea Scouts were camping at Mount Seymour Provincial Park

Most Read