Accountability Pillar Results

The Board is pleased to present the October 2016 Accountability Pillar Results, as provided by Alberta Education. The October pillar is updated to include the division's Provincial Achievement Test (PAT) and diploma exam results from 2015-2016. In May 2017, the pillar will be updated again with survey data affecting the categories of safe and caring schools, student learning opportunities and parental involvement.

For previous years, visit the Reports and Plans section of Documents and enter "accountability pillar" in the search tool.

Provincial and other jurisdiction's result can be found on the Alberta Education website.

Annual Education Results Report and Three-Year Education Plan

Palliser Regional Schools maintains its exceptional results through a continued focus on literacy, assessment for learning, teacher collaboration and profesional development, and strong instructional leadership in our schools.

Key tools in this process of continual improvement include Palliser's own school review process, based on 30 years of Effective Schools research, and a meaningful school goals process.

Palliser has high expectations for staff and students, who rise to this challenge. The result is student success.

Fundamental to student learning is the provision of caring learning environments in which students feel safe.

For more on Palliser's results and our plans for maintaining outstanding results, please read our Report to the Community: Annual Education Results Report 2015-2016 and Three-Year Education Plan 2016-2019.

A two-page summary of the report is also available.

Annual reports from previous years can be found in our Documents section.

Audited Financial Statements

The Board of Trustees is audited annually by an independent accounting firm to ensure operations and financial reporting processes are in keeping with accounting standards. In 2012-2013, Palliser adopted Canadian public sector accounting standards, a relatively new framework intended to improve transparency and accountability.

The most recent audited financial statement is:
Audited Financial Statement, 2015-2016

Audited financial statements for prior years are available here.

Budget documents

Palliser's Board of Trustees approves a budget document in the spring for the following school year with revenue and expenses based on projected enrolments. 

Actual student grants are based on enrolment as of Sept. 30th of the budget year. The year's budget is then updated with revenue and expenses adjusted to reflect actual enrolments. 

Click here for the 2017-2018 budget for Palliser Regional Schools, submitted to Alberta Education on June 30, 2017.  

Budgets for prior years are available here.

Class Size Matters

Palliser Regional Schools believes small class sizes are important, particularly in early elementary.

Even though class size funding has been reduced over time, Palliser has strived to keep class size to within Alberta Education guidelines by focusing resources in the classroom.

Alberta Education suggests the following class sizes:

  • 17 students per class, kindergarten through Grade 3
  • 23 students per class, Grades 4 to 6
  • 25 students per class, Grades 7-9
  • 27 students per class, Grades 10-12

Our 2016-2017 class size reports of core subjects only and all subjects find average class sizes across Palliser smaller than recommendation at nearly every level.

You can find our annual class size reports from previous years in the Documents section.

A Community Conversation 2015

In May 2015, the Board of Trustees invited students, staff, parents, school council representatives, other stakeholders and the public from across the division to join "A Community Conversation 2015." This stakeholder meeting was a followup to a similar gathering held in 2012.

In small table groups, diverse stakeholders talked about school success, what it looks like and how we can make our schools even more successful for the good of students.

In 2015, the board was thrilled to have nearly 200 people participate. In addition to sharing their own school success stories, they were provided information about "the summer slide," the loss of reading skills in July and August among students who don't keep reading over the break. Participants brainstormed ways to reduce the summer slide in their own communities.

A report from the ideas and opinions shared during the day can be downloaded here.

Feedback from participants can be downloaded here.

The summary of the 2012 event that laid the groundwork for the 2015 conversations can be downloaded here.