Stu­dent achieve­ment on the rise in Golden Hills

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Sub­mi­ited The Drumheller Mail

Stu­dents in the Golden Hills School Di­vi­sion are per­form­ing well and con­tinue to im­prove in many ar­eas ac­cord­ing to the most re­cent re­sults on the 2016-2017 Provin­cial Achieve­ment Test and Diploma Ex­am­i­na­tions.

“Our fo­cus is stu­dents who are gain­ing the skills to be­come strong col­lab­o­ra­tive crit­i­cal thinkers, prob­lem solvers, in­no­va­tors and cre­ative do­ers while en­sur­ing foun­da­tional skills in lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy. Our highly skilled teach­ers uti­lize re­search-proven high yield strate­gic in­struc­tional prac­tices that im­prove stu­dent learn­ing. Golden Hills School Di­vi­sion teach­ers are com­mit­ted to the pro­fes­sional learn­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion that re­sults in pow­er­ful learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences that pro­mote deep stu­dent un­der­stand­ing” said Dr. Kan­dace Jor­dan, Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent.

Golden Hills saw in­creases in the num­ber of stu­dents achiev­ing Ac­cept­able Stan­dard over the pre­vi­ous year in five of the nine diploma cour­ses (Eng­lish 30-1, Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Chem­istry 30, and Physics 30). Golden Hills’ stu­dents ex­ceeded the provin­cial Stan­dard of Ex­cel­lence bench­mark in four of the nine diploma cour­ses (Math 30-1, Biology 30, Chem­istry 30 and Physics 30). There were also in­creases over the pre­vi­ous year in the num­ber of stu­dents achiev­ing the Stan­dard of Ex­cel­lence in five of the nine diploma cour­ses (Eng­lish 30-1, So­cial 30-1, Math 30-1, Math 30-2 and Physics 30).

In Golden Hills School Di­vi­sion, the per­cent­age of stu­dents achiev­ing the Ac­cept­able Stan­dard im­proved over the pre­vi­ous year in three out of the eight of the Achieve­ment tests in grades 6 and 9 (Grade 6 Science, Grade 9 Math and So­cial). The per­cent­age of stu­dents achiev­ing the Stan­dard of Ex­cel­lence im­proved over the pre­vi­ous year in six of the eight Achieve­ment Tests (Grade 6 Lan­guage Arts, Science, So­cial, Grade 9 Math, Science and So­cial), as well, all of these six sub­jects ex­ceeded the Provin­cial Stan­dard of Ex­cel­lence.

“We are very pleased to see con­tin­ued in­creases again in this year’s stu­dent achieve­ment re­sults,” said Be­van Dav­erne, Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools. Many of our Achieve­ment test and Diploma ex­ams re­sults have con­tin­ued to rise across Golden Hills schools. We are very proud of the hard work of our stu­dents as well as the work our teach­ers do to cre­ate in­no­va­tive and en­gag­ing class­rooms.”

The Provin­cial Achieve­ment and Diploma Ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults are mea­sured in the Provin­cial Ac­count­abil­ity Pil­lar. Other in­di­ca­tors in­clude dropout rates, high school com­ple­tion, post-sec­ondary tran­si­tion rates and a va­ri­ety of stake­holder sat­is­fac­tion mea­sures.

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