Each year students registered in grades 3, 6, and 9 write provincial achievement tests (PATs). In grade 3 students write tests in language arts and math. In grades 6 and 9 students write tests in language arts, math, science and social studies. Students registered in core grade 12 courses are required to write provincial diploma exams which are weighted at fifty percent of their final course mark.
Results for the 2010/11 school year were recently made available. Results for grades 3 and 6 were extremely positive. On all 6 exams written the percentage of students from Catholic who achieved the acceptable standard exceeded the provincial average of students who did the same. Respectively, 92% of grade 3 students and 85% of grade 6 students in division passed their exams. This exceeds the provincial average for both grades.
Grade 9 test results, however, were down slightly for the division, with the number of students meeting the acceptable standard coming in at 78.2%, whereas 80.4% of grade 9 students across the province met the standard.
At the grade 12 level students surpassed the provincial average on 6 of 10 grade 12 diploma exams, and did so by a typical margin of 2.1%. Overall, 82.9% of students met the acceptable standard on the diploma exams, which was 0.3% higher than the provincial average of 82.6% of students who met the same standard.
Analyzing these results, Assistant Superintendent Troy Davies comments, “Our terrific results in elementary language arts are proof that our AISI three year focus on literacy and teaching reading strategies is paying dividends. The number of students we have meeting the acceptable standard in grade 3 and grade 6 reading scores continues its trend upwards, is higher than it has ever been in the previous 5 years, and exceeds the provincial average by a noticeable margin.” Davies goes on to add, “At the grade 12 level there are also some really special items of note that have occurred in Chemistry 30, Physics 30, English 30-1 & -2, Pure Math 30, and Science 30, where our acceptable rates this past year are higher than they’ve been for any of the previous 5 years. What’s more is that on three of these exams 100% of our students who wrote the exam met the acceptable standard.”