The Fraser Institute’s report card on B.C. secondary schools shows cause for concern for a few Lower Mainland districts.
Author Peter Cowley says nine schools, three each in Burnaby, Langley and Coquitlam, have shown a decline in results this year.
“In particular, when you see the declining schools congregated in certain districts, like Burnaby for instance, it leads to a question as to whether or not something is happening that is not just regard to the schools, but to the district themselves.”
He adds this year was of particular concern because more schools tended to decline rather than incline.
“If you have a declining school, please don’t accept any suggestion that it’s inevitable. In fact, there’s lots of evidence that improvement is possible.”
33 schools dropped in the survey’s rankings, while 27 improved.
He notes the problem could stem from specific cities, because several of the schools which performed poorly were from the same district.
The study evaluates schools on average marks from provincial exams as well as looking at graduation and delayed advancement rates.
A complete copy of the report can be found at compareschoolrankings.org.