Superintendent's Message for May
School Improvement in Peace River School Division Schools
On behalf of Peace River School Division, I am happy to share survey data from our students, parents and staff that reveal high levels of satisfaction in our school division in the area of school improvement.
The October 2018 Alberta Education Accountability Pillar Report (APR) data shows that 87.5% of our students, staff and parents feel that our schools have improved.
Specifically, when students were asked if they are proud of their school and if they would recommend their school to a friend, 84 percent of students agreed. 81.4 percent of our parents and 93.8 percent of our staff agree that their school has improved in the past three years. I am also pleased to share that PRSD’s score in the area of school improvement exceeds provincial averages and has been given the highest possible rating of “very high”, “improved significantly” and “excellent”.
The APR is provided by Alberta Education and serves as a “report card” for the division. It contains test results, completion and transitional data and results from student, parent and staff surveys.
As I am sure you can appreciate, the definition of school improvement is unique to every person. For some, school improvement means increased academic success, students being provided with a wide variety of options, satisfaction with staffing, technology in the classroom, increased wellness and positive school culture programs, changes to timetables, physical upgrading to schools and athletic equipment.
School improvement encompasses many aspects of a child’s educational experience and creates a ripple effect. This ripple effect is clearly noted as we have also experienced increases in several measures such as Safe and Caring, Program of Studies, Drop Out Rate, Diploma: Acceptable, Diploma: Excellence, Rutherford Scholarship Eligibility Rate, Transition Rate (6yr), Education Quality, Work Preparation, Citizenship and Parental Involvement. You can view the one page summary of PRSD’s report here. We celebrate these great results with you and thank you for your partnership in education. It truly does take a community to raise a child and we appreciate your contributions that are clearly helping with continuous improvement in our schools – thank you.
Superintendent of Schools
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