The Fraser Institute released its elementary school rankings on March 4, and schools in the district remain near the bottom.
The report looked at the average Grade 4 and 7 scores for reading, writing and numeracy on the Foundation Skills Assessment tests administered by the province, as well as the gap in scores between male and female students, and gave each school a score out of 10 based on those results.
The highest ranked school in the district was Annunciation school, which was ranked 50th out of the 853 schools included in the report, with a score of 8.9 out of 10. The ranking is up from the average five-year ranking of 58th, and the score is up from the five-year average of 8.4.
But Annunciation was more than 750 places ahead of the next Prince Rupert school. The next highest-ranked school was Conrad, placing 751 out of 853 with a score of 3.9. While the ranking was down from an average of 697th in the last five years, the score was up from an average of 2.9 out of 10. Lax Kxeen was next, ranked 784th with a score of 3.4. The ranking was down from the five-year average of 673rd and a score of 3.6.
Rounding out Prince Rupert schools was Pineridge Elementary, ranked 817th with a score of 2.9. That score is well down from the five year average of 3.8, while the ranking is down from a five year average of 665.
Roosevelt Park Community School, which has frequently been near the bottom of the rankings, was not included in the report this year.
According to author and Fraser Institute director of School Performance Studies Peter Cowley, not enough students wrote the test at Roosevelt to provide a significant sample size.
The other North Coast school ranked was Sk’aadgaa Naay in Skidegate, placing 516th with a score of 5.4, both of which are up from a five-year ranking of 526 and a score of 5.0.
William Konkin Elementary in Burns Lake was the lowest-ranked school in B.C., while 11 Lower Mainland schools tied with St. Michaels school in Victoria for the top spot with a perfect score of 10. The highest-ranked northwest school was St. Joseph’s in Smithers with 9.9 out of 10.
The complete rankings can be found online at www.compareschoolrankings.org.