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Elementary schools in Langley, Surrey top list of controversial school rankings

VANCOUVER – Elementary schools in Langley and Surrey showed “significant improvement” in their academic performance over the past five years, according to theĀ Fraser Institute’s annual school rankings released today.

This is the annual report that ranks B.C. schools, looking at 978 public and independent elementary schools, based on 10 academic indicators.

Overall, the report finds 50 schools showed significant improvement in academic performance.

“Parents have repeatedly shown they value the ability to track the academic performance of their children’s schools and compare them to the performance of other schools. With five years of results for most schools, the report card also enables them to quickly and easily determine if their children’s school is improving or worsening academically,” said Peter Cowley, Fraser Institute director of school performance studies, in a release.

Detailed results of all 978 schools can be found at www.compareschoolrankings.org.

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The report suggests every school is capable of improvement, regardless of location or the proportion of students with special needs, or in ESL programs.

Fastest improving elementary schools in the report card:

  1. Alice Brown (Public), Langley
  2. Beaver Creek (Public), Surrey
  3. Conrad (Public), Prince Rupert
  4. Gibsons (Public), Gibsons
  5. Rosedale Traditional (Public), Rosedale
  6. Betty Huff (Public), Surrey
  7. Vermilion Forks (Public), Princeton
  8. Upper Pine (Public), Fort St. John
  9. Steeples (Public), Cranbrook
  10. Langley Fine Arts (Public), Fort Langley

The annual report has been criticized over the years, however, for focusing too much on standardized tests. The BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) hasĀ called the rankings an “attack on Canada’s public schools.”

It asks parents to exempt their children from the tests, saying no single set of tests can define a school.

 

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