High school marks show im­prove­ment, says min­is­ter

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

The pass rate for high school stu­dents through­out New­found­land and Labrador has im­proved for 2011, said Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Joan Burke.

Stu­dents be­gan re­ceiv­ing their tran­scripts last week.

Burke noted the over­all pass rate for all high school cour­ses is 92 per cent, while the pass rate for pub­lic exam cour­ses is 90 per cent, an im­prove­ment over 2010.

“Over­all, stu­dents per­formed very well in pub­lic exam cour­ses, scor­ing on par or bet­ter than last year in the ma­jor­ity of cour­ses,” said Burke.

“ There was, for ex­am­ple, marked im­prove­ment in the marks for Physics 3204, World His­tory 3201 and World Ge­og­ra­phy 3202. The re­sults in the lat­ter two cour­ses are par­tic­u­larly en­cour­ag­ing, as the depart­ment de­vel­oped an ac­tion plan in con­sul­ta­tion with school dis­tricts last year to fo­cus on stu­dent achieve­ment in these sub­ject ar­eas.”

Mean­while, for stu­dents who will be writ­ing sup­ple­men­tary ex­am­i­na­tions this month, exam sched­ules, reg­is­tra­tion forms, and learn­ing re­sources de­signed to help stu­dents re­view course ma­te­rial can be ac­cessed via the web at:

www.gov.nl.ca/edu/k12/eval­u­a­tion/ex­ams.html.

The dead­line for reg­is­tra­tion is Aug. 2.

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