Gov­ern­ment’s ac­tions on math work­ing

The McLeod River Post - - Education Matters -

Grade 6 re­sults on the math­e­mat­ics Pro­vin­cial Achieve­ment Test (PAT) have im­proved thanks to the gov­ern­ment’s ac­tions on math.

Pro­vin­cial as­sess­ment re­sults at the Grade 6 level showed strong per­for­mance across all sub­jects tested last June, in­clud­ing fiveyear highs in English lan­guage arts, science, so­cial stud­ies and Français.

In math­e­mat­ics, the per­cent­age of stu­dents reach­ing both the ac­cept­able stan­dard and stan­dard of ex­cel­lence in­creased over the pre­vi­ous year. This was the sec­ond year in which a sep­a­rate, no-cal­cu­la­tor portion of the Grade 6 math­e­mat­ics PAT was in­cor­po­rated into the test.

“This improve­ment in Grade 6 math scores is a pos­i­tive sign that our ac­tions on math are work­ing to help stu­dents with their math skills and achieve­ment. We have taken a num­ber of steps to im­prove math ed­u­ca­tion, in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing more pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment for el­e­men­tary teach­ers and in­tro­duc­ing a bur­sary pro­gram to im­prove math teach­ing skills. I’m so pleased to see stu­dents across the province in­creas­ing their re­sults in math­e­mat­ics.”

David Eggen, Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion

Al­berta stu­dents con­tinue to per­form ex­cep­tion­ally well in the sci­ences at the high school level, with pos­i­tive re­sults in physics, chem­istry, and bi­ol­ogy.

The Math­e­mat­ics 30-1 and Math­e­mat­ics 30-2 diploma ex­ams will in­tro­duce writ­ten re­sponse ques­tions in the 201819 school year, al­low­ing stu­dents to show their work and their un­der­stand­ing of math­e­mat­i­cal prob­lems.

Pro­vin­cial as­sess­ment re­sults are re­leased as part of Al­berta Ed­u­ca­tion’s Ac­count­abil­ity Pil­lar, which tracks met­rics as­sess­ing the health and suc­cess of Al­berta’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

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