Rupert First Nation student improvements highlight report

Sandra Jones, superintendent of SD52, recently presented a report on student achievement that showed many areas of improvement in 2013/14.

Sandra Jones, superintendent of the Prince Rupert School District, recently presented a report on student achievement that showed many areas of improvement in 2013/14, particularly for Aboriginal students.

“The board is pleased to see the continuing improvements in the results for the Aboriginal students in the district. We look forward to even better results in the years to come,” said Tina Last, board chair.

In the 2013/14 school year, 89 per cent of kindergarten students met basic skills by the end of the year, a seven-year high. Phonological skills were also the highest in years at 71 per cent.

While Grade 4 Aboriginal students scored higher than the provincial average in their reading Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA), there was a slight drop.

But the reading scores of all Grade 4 students declined by 10 per cent and was below the provincial average.

All Grade 4 students improved in the writing FSA, with Aboriginal students scoring above their B.C. counterparts by 11 points.

But Grade 4 numeracy results weren’t as positive. All students scored nearly 20 points below the provincial average, with Aboriginal results declining 10 points below the average.

Grade 7 FSA scores in reading, writing and numeracy have steadily improved over the last three years.

Grade 7 writing results were six points above the average of all students, with Aboriginal students being 17 points above. Reading scores of all learners and Aboriginal students were above the provincial average, with Aboriginal learners also marking above the average in numeracy.

All Grade 10 mathematics marks declined last school year, with Science 10 marks declining over the last five years. English 12 blended final marks were also down.

While all high school grade-to-grade transitions improved last year, the first time graduation rate of all students declined by 16 per cent and 22 per cent for Aboriginal students.

Aboriginal six-year completion rates increased for the fifth straight year, going from 35 per cent in 2009/10 to 62 per cent in 2013/14. But the percentage of all students’ six year completion rate went down three per cent.

Jones cautioned the district’s statistics could be widely diverse based on just a few students.

“Maybe two or three students doing poorly in one class one year can make it look like the world has gone to hell in a hand basket,” she said.

To maintain positive trends, the district will continue its early childhood education work and has hired specialist teacher Carole Fullerton to work with teachers on their mathematics instruction practices.


Just Posted

Disaster in store for Prince Rupert, announces Lester Centre of the Arts

Auditions set to take place at the end of October

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Pembina CEO says ‘noise’ makes Trans Mountain pipeline bid unlikely

Trans Mountain was sold to federal government in 2018

Northwest Wave Riders return from Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

This was the first time in 25 years that northern B.C. teams competed

Fore-get about golf this weekend, Vic Marion Seniors tournament postponed

Rainy forecast in Prince Rupert pushes tournament to later date

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

The Northern View announces inaugural Tyee Fishing Derby in Prince Rupert

More than $7,000 up for grabs for biggest legal salmon and halibut

The Northern View 2019 Readers Choice

It’s that time of year again! Vote online or at the Prince Rupert office before noon on Aug. 30

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town rocked by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

B.C. music teacher accused of sexual misconduct involving girls

Police believe other victims could be out there after the arrest of Lamar Victor Alviar

B.C. family stranded in Croatia desperate to come home

Funds being raised to bring back mom and two children

B.C. man on trial for daughters’ murders says an intruder broke in

Andrew Berry takes stand in his defense for December 2017 deaths of young daughters

Most Read