The Fraser Institute’s annual elementary school rankings are out and this year, 16 schools are ranked number one!
“Three of them are public, all in west Vancouver and the rest are private.”
The Institute’s Peter Cowley says six of those schools have scored ten out of ten each of the last five years.
“York House and Crofton House, two girls’ schools in Vancouver, St. Georges, a boy’s school and Vancouver College, both in Vancouver. West Point Grey in Vancouver and South Ridge in Surrey. Not only does the Lower Mainland have a strangle-hold on the top 20, all of the schools that have gotten ten out of ten for the last five years are in the Lower Mainland.”
Only three of the top 21 elementary schools on this year’s rankings report are public.
Cowley says that’s because they’re not financially-motivated to ensure every student does well.
“Private schools are going to do everything they need to do to make sure that happens. Because if they don’t, they’ll lose their customers.”
Girls not performing well in math
One of the most disturbing trends involves how well girls are doing in math compared to boys.
“In 61% of the schools, the guys are doing better and in just 37% of the schools, the girls are doing better.”
Cowley says that gender gap appears to be growing in British Columbia.
“Over the last, I would say, decade or so, what we’ve seen across the country is things have been equalling out, but this doesn’t look so equal and it’s a little bit of a concern that the gap is actually growing on an annual basis.”
Cowley insists the annual rankings based on tests taken by every Grade 4 student (Foundation Skills Assessments) are useful for educators, as well as parents.