Diploma Exam Participation Rate
Nothing to report for data in this area since exams were not written due to COVID-19 impact. Participation in the Diploma Examinations was impacted by the fires in 2016 and 2019, as well as by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020
Prior to COVID, our district experienced a 14.9% increase in the number of students writing 4+ diploma exams.
While this area is above the provincial norm, we strive to have students opt to enrol in more diploma courses.
Drop Out Rate
Although the annual dropout rate of students aged 14 to 18 has become an issue, we recognize that this is an anomaly for our district that has resulted from a negative COVID impact.
*Source Alberta Education
Starting in 2019, an updated methodology was applied to more accurately attribute results in cases where students receive programming from more than one provider within a school year.
Pre-COVID, our drop out rate was very low. Over the past 2 years, our returning rate was at 100%.
Our High School Task Force Strategic Plan is in the developmental stages with high school retention as a major focus.
Program of Studies
75.8% of teachers, parents and students are satisfied with the opportunity for students to receive a broad program of studies.
Participation in the 2020/2021 Alberta Education Assurance survey was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our district incorporates a wide variety of options in our programming. Annual professional development funds provided for teachers enables them to consistently explore and expand their knowledge base in a variety in of areas across the curriculum.
Increased student input/choice on course offerings within the Program of Studies.
Rutherford Scholarship Eligibility Rate
While there is a decline in the eligibility for the Rutherford Scholarship, even though we are still in line with the provincial norm, we are striving to regain our previously recorded levels.
The eligibility rate for grade 12 students in our district continues to be a significant focus.
The High School Task Force Strategic Planning process is encouraged to consider the impact of Rutherford Scholarship eligibility as it relates to general high school retention.
Safe & Caring
Teaching students how to be respectful and the importance of caring for others has created safe environments in our schools. Every student matters and they are treated fairly.
Providing a safe and caring environment for students requires ongoing awareness and training.
81.8% of parents, teachers, and students indicate that their school and schools in their jurisdication have improved or stayed the same in the last 3 years.
Over the last 3 years support for our schools have improved in many areas. The extra financial assistance from our District Office has been a tremendous support in improving all schools in our district.
Regular school evaluations require school improvement planning and upgrades.
Our district has maintained an acceptable level for students transitioning to post-secondary within six years of entering grade 10. With the High School Task Force in place, these numbers are expected to rise.
Incorporating new strategies recommended by the High School Task Force that will positively impact the transitioning rate to post-secondary within six years of entering grade 10.
93.1% of teachers and parents agree that students are taught attitudes and behaviours that will make them successful at work when they finish school.
*Source Alberta Education Survey
Teachers and parents are confident that by the time students complete high school, they would have acquired the necessary attitudes and behaviours that would make them successful in the workforce.
Improving upon various strategies to increase student confidence to have the necessary skills, attitudes, and behaviours that would make them successful in the workforce after completing high school.
In-Service Jurisdiction Needs
The result of the Alberta Education Survey indicates 87.3% of teachers report that in the past 3-5 years the professional development and in-servicing received from the school authority has been focused, systematic and contributed significantly to their ongoing professional growth. This result shows a steady pattern of growth.
*Source Albert Education Survey
Our district has shown a steady pattern of growth in providing appropriate and focused professional development opportunities to all teachers which has supported their overall growth in the classroom.
The district continues to plan for, provide and encourage regular professional development for all teachers. Financial support for PD is an annual commitment from the district. Demonimal certification outlines specific requirements for ongoing professional development.
Life Long Learning
Students in our district consistently demonstrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for lifelong learning. Parents and teachers are very satisfied with the acquisition of these attributes.
Teacher Professional Development continues to provide updated knowledge and skill sets that enhance the support of lifelong learning for students.