Outstanding results again for Palliser students

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The release of the latest provincial test results finds students in Palliser Regional Schools continue to excel academically.

Results in the 2013 Grade 3 and 6 provincial achievement tests found extremely high percentages of Palliser students writing, passing and excelling, with roughly two in five Grade 3 students achieving excellence in Math and one in three Grade 6s achieving excellence in Science and Social Studies.

The results for Grade 9 PATs and diploma exams were “substantially impacted” by flooding, and Alberta Education cautions use of that data for comparisons and trends as a result. On Palliser’s Accountability Pillar (attached), key categories are marked “n/a” due to the dramatic reduction in exam participation caused by the flood.

Palliser schools in Calgary and Brant were closed following the flooding that began June 20 and students were excused from writing exams. Many of the nearly 50 students who attend Palliser schools from Siksika First Nation were also displaced and unable to attend school.

Grade 3 and 6 provincial achievement tests occurred before the disaster and can reliably be compared to previous years. These results demonstrate that the vast majority of Palliser students are writing and passing the exams.

“I’m proud of our students and our staff, whose hard work is reflected in these excellent academic results,” said Palliser Superintendent Kevin Gietz. “With our continued focus on supporting students’ literacy skills, I believe we can maintain, and even improve, on our already excellent results.”

For five-year trend information for Grade 3 and 6 PATs as well as participation rates and the latest Accountability Pillar summary for Palliser, please click here.

For information on the provincial results, please visit http://education.alberta.ca/admin/funding/accountability/results.aspx