Lo­cal schools do­ing just fine; bus rules defy logic

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The Editor,

With ref­er­ence to your ar­ti­cle “Pos­i­tive spin on low marks,” ( The News, Septem­ber 26), I read with dis­may that the area English lan­guage pub­lic school stu­dents con­tinue to do poorly in read­ing, writ­ing and maths, lag­ging be­hind provin­cial ba­sics.

As the chair of Wil­liamstown Pub­lic School par­ent coun­cil and a rel­a­tive new­comer to the area who chose the Char-Lan feeder group partly based on posted re­sults, I felt the need to in­ves­ti­gate the num­bers fur­ther.

When we look at our lo­cal re­sults: WPS Gr. 3 stu­dents scored 71% in read­ing and sig­nif­i­cantly above av­er­age with a score of 82% in writ­ing (board and provin­cial scores fell be­tween 67% and 75% re­spec­tively).

WPS Gr. 6 stu­dents also scored sig­nif­i­cantly higher than av­er­age with scores of 85% and 90% on read­ing and writ­ing (com­pared to board and provin­cial scores that fell be­tween 75-82% re­spec­tively).

Char-Lan gr. 10 lit­er­acy test writ­ers (OSSLT) scored 92% in 2017 and 93% in 2018, sig­nif­i­cantly higher than other area schools in SD&G (re­gard­less of school board), a full 14% higher than provin­cial av­er­age.

So I feel it is safe to say that these are great English re­sults and not lag­ging be­hind provin­cially.

Sally Phy­pers

Chair, Wil­liamstown Pub­lic School Coun­cil

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