The Fraser Institute has just released its much anticipated report for parents, the ranking of elementary schools across B.C.
944 schools are on the list – half a dozen schools tied at number one.
To be at the top all six schools had to have 10 out of 10 in the last five years.
“What it shows is a constant dedication to very, very, high performance and that’s something that of course every school should aspire to. Probably that’s equally as important, but not more important than another thing that every school should aspire to, and that is improvement from one year to another.”
Cowley says ranking helps schools improve, but also to show when things aren’t working
“We have to ask ourselves are we willing to admit that public schools, no matter what, are not able to generate those kinds of results.”
He says 82 of the Top 100 schools were private, so he wants the government to ask why public schools are not generate the same results.
Cowley says there is a substantial gap between the two, so there needs to be a way to help public schools improve.
Ranking is based on 10 academic indicators used to rank both private and public schools.
West Vancouver and Richmond have the highest ranking public schools
50 schools across the province showed significant improvement over the past five years: Devon Gardens, a public school in Delta, is the fastest improving school in B.C., followed by George Jay (Victoria), Alex Aitken (Duncan), St. Andrew’s (Vancouver), and Senator Reid (Surrey).
Of the 50 schools that showed significant improvement, 45 are public schools.
BCTF says rankings “irrelevant” and “not worth anyone’s attention”
The BCTF, however, says the rankings shouldn’t be taken seriously.
In a statement, outgoing president Jim Iker says they don’t warrant any attention they get, adding it’s ‘time we all moved on’.
The BCTF adds the rankings are just a make-work project by the increasingly irrelevant Fraser Institute.
They also tweeted a response to the rankings.
— BCTF (@bctf) April 3, 2016