Low stu­dent par­tic­i­pa­tion in school sports

The Delhi News-Record - - OPINION -

A sur­vey con­ducted in lo­cal schools de­ter­mined that Grand Erie is be­low the na­tional av­er­age for stu­dent par­tic­i­pa­tion in school sports.

The Our Schools Sur­vey, com­pleted by every school be­tween Novem­ber 2016 and Jan­uary 2017, re­lates to stu­dent out­comes and school climate in Grades 4 to 12.

When ques­tioned by trustee Greg An­der­son at a re­cent board meet­ing, su­per­in­ten­dent of ed­u­ca­tion Wayne Baker said the lower par­tic­i­pa­tion in sports may be due, in part, to the num­ber of ru­ral schools in the board. Baker also said it could be tim­ing be­cause the sur­vey was com­peted at the be­gin­ning of the year.

An­der­son also noted that Grand Erie schools were above the na­tional av­er­age for the num­ber of ele­men­tary and sec­ondary stu­dents ex­pe­ri­enc­ing mod­er­ate or high lev­els of anx­i­ety.

Baker said the scores are ag­gre­gate and pointed out that some schools scored very low in this area. He said it is im­por­tant for schools to re­view the scores and re­spond.

Baker said ad­vo­cacy at school and pos­i­tive teacher- stu­dent re­la­tions are higher than the na­tional av­er­age, in­di­cat­ing stu­dents are find­ing sup­port.

Trustee David Dean said he is dis­ap­pointed in the low par­tic­i­pa­tion rate of stu­dents in school clubs. He felt a re­duc­tion in arts pro­grams may be con­tribut­ing to that is­sue.

Mixed test­ing re­sults

The Grand Erie Dis­trict School Board will con­tinue its work to boost stu­dent per­for­mance on pro­vin­cial test­ing af­ter the lat­est mixed re­sults.

The re­sults for Grade 3 test­ing show that 64 per cent of stu­dents met or ex­ceeded the pro­vin­cial stan­dard in read­ing, up one per cent from 2016; 61 per cent met or ex­ceeded the pro­vin­cial stan­dard in writ­ing, down three per cent from 2016; and 49 per cent met or ex­ceeded the pro­vin­cial stan­dard in math, down from 51 per cent in 2016.

Re­sults for Grade 6 show 74 per cent of stu­dents met or ex­ceeded the stan­dard, the same as the pre­vi­ous year; 69 per cent met or ex­ceeded the stan­dard in writ­ing, down one per cent from 2016; and 40 per cent met or ex­ceeded the stan­dard in math, up one per cent from 2016.

Sixty-eight per cent of stu­dents passed the Grade 10 Lit­er­ary Test, a re­quire­ment for grad­u­a­tion, down from 70 per cent in 2016.

On the Grade 9 pro­vin­cial math test, 49 per cent met the stan­dard, down from 50 per cent in 2016.

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