The Fraser Institute released its controversial report card on B.C. elementary schools on May 4, with one Prince Rupert school being acknowledged for its significant improvement.
Conrad Elementary School was listed as the third fastest improving school in the province based on the results of the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) tests written by Grade 4 and 7 students. The school, which ranked 731 out of the 978 schools examined, reached five year highs in the results for Grade 7 reading, writing and numeracy as well as a five year low in the number of results that were “below expectations”. When combined with those same results for Grade 4 students and the gender gap in Grade 7 reading and numeracy, the school scored a five year high 4.9 out of 10 using the Fraser Institute’s rating system.
Conrad, however, remained ranked behind Prince Rupert’s lone private school as the best in the community. Annunciation ranked 166 out of 978 schools with a score of 7.5 out of 10. While the school did not reach any five year highs, the numbers from the Fraser Institute show a five year low in both Grade 4 and Grade 7 numeracy.
Pineridge Elementary ranked 782 out of 978 with a score of 4.6 out of 10, a five-year high for the school, Roosevelt Park ranked 875 out of 978 with a score of 3.8 out of 10 and Lax Kxeen ranked near the bottom with a ranking of 909 out of 978 based on a score of 3.4 out of 10.
A ranking for Port Edward Elementary was not available due to low enrollment.
Sixteen Lower Mainland schools tied for the top spot with a perfect 10 out of 10 ranking.