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Celebration Nelson Rotary Club

  1. 1. A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in human history, with the possible exception of handguns and tequila   Mitch Radcliffe
  2. 2. School District #8 (Kootenay Lake) A Celebration of Our Students and Our Schools Presentation to Rotarians
  3. 3. Shape of the Presentation <ul><li>What should we celebrate in School District #8? </li></ul><ul><li>Some success stories: What does our data tell us? </li></ul><ul><li>Some stories and things to celebrate </li></ul><ul><li>Some student voices </li></ul><ul><li>Some things to pay attention to </li></ul>
  4. 4. Celebrating Canada: What do we know? <ul><li>Canadian students are some of the best in the world in reading, writing and numeracy! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PIRLS (Progress in Reading Literacy Study) study of Grade 4 students (2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) study of 15 year olds </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Data Sources in School District #8 <ul><li>Provincial Data: Provincial snapshots of student performance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Completion rates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provincial exams at grades 10-12 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation Skills Assessment (grades 4 and 7); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Early Development Indicator (EDI) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Satisfaction Surveys (grades 3/4, 7, 10 & 12 students, parents and staff) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Data Sources in School District #8 <ul><li>District Data: Increasing efforts to move to common assessments and to bring greater consistency to reporting to parents… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kindergarten screening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grades 1, 3, 6 and 9 writing assessments. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grades 2, 5 and 8 reading assessments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grade 3 numeracy assessment (pilot) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linked to B.C. Performance Standards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>School and classroom data: An increasing number of schools are doing school wide assessments at all grades (e.g. Trafalgar) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Celebrating Results: What does our data tell us? <ul><li>Our Dogwood completion rate is 84 % </li></ul><ul><li>(five year mean). Provincial Dogwood completion rate is 77% (five year mean) </li></ul><ul><li>• We are in the top 10 of 60 districts of the province in terms of our completion rate. </li></ul><ul><li>Our aboriginal completion rate is 63%, which is much higher than the provincial average. </li></ul><ul><li>The B.C. Progress Board identifies completion rate as an important indicator of the success of an education system. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Celebrating Provincial Data <ul><li>Our pass rate on the English 10 provincial exam was 93% (2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Our pass rate on Math 10 exams: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>89% - Applications of Math </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>83% - Essentials of Math </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>91% - Principles of Math </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Our pass rate on Grade 12 provincial exams is very high: Examples are English 12 and Communication 12 at 96%. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Celebrating Students <ul><li>• Over 40 students received provincial scholarships awarded by the province </li></ul><ul><li>28 students received District Scholarships provided by the Ministry for exceptional performance in the arts, sports, trades and technology. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Provincial Data: Foundation Skills Assessment <ul><li>75% of students met or exceeded expectations for reading comprehension (Grade 4) and 71% (Grade 7). </li></ul><ul><li>85% of students met or exceeded expectations for writing (Grade 4) and 74% (Grade 7) </li></ul><ul><li>89% of students met or exceeded expectations for numeracy (Grade 4) and 70% (Grade 7) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Good News: Linking International, Provincial and District Data <ul><li>Canada is second only to Finland in the international PISA assessment of reading and writing. </li></ul><ul><li>B.C. and Alberta are the top performing provinces in Canada. </li></ul><ul><li>SD#8 results are typically at or above the provincial mean. </li></ul>
  12. 12. So What? <ul><li>Student performance in SD#8 is some of the best in the world…… </li></ul><ul><li>Our completion rate is one of the highest in the province… </li></ul><ul><li>We have some incredible young people making a contribution in areas beyond the academics that are vital to a healthy society </li></ul>
  13. 13. Our Young Learners: Early Development Indicator and Students At-Risk for Literacy <ul><li>The EDI is conducted on all Kindergarten students in B.C. in February of each year and looks at 5 domains. </li></ul><ul><li>The Kootenay region is consistently identified as a good place to raise children in terms of performance on the EDI. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Celebrating Schools: Professional Learning Teams <ul><li>7 schools doing action research as part of the Healthy Schools Network. </li></ul><ul><li>13 schools doing action research as part of the Network of Performance Based Schools. </li></ul><ul><li>14 schools doing action research as part of the Literacy Innovation Action Research Project. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Celebrating Schools: Professional Learning Teams <ul><li>Professional Learning Teams are composed of the principal and/or vice-principal, teachers and, in some cases, support staff. </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Learning Teams are committed to a focus on change and considering how changes in practice might make things better for our students. </li></ul><ul><li>Various examples cited in “School Successes” handout. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Supporting Our Young Learners: Responding to Data <ul><li>Expanded Mandate for the Board has meant that we can take positive steps to support pre-school learners. </li></ul><ul><li>Creston - 33% of students are vulnerable on more than 1 indicator on the EDI </li></ul><ul><li>79 students were identified by their teachers as at-risk for literacy learning at the end of Kindergarten </li></ul>
  17. 17. What are We Doing About That? <ul><li>Strong Start Center opened in Creston in October focused on readiness for school and support for families. </li></ul><ul><li>Early Learning Visioning: $100 000 in grants handed out to 20 elementary schools to support pre-school programming. </li></ul><ul><li>Many of our schools have drop in or planned programming for our pre-school learners, including programs such as Care to Learn, Love to Learn and parenting support programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Each child identified as at risk for literacy learning has been targeted with a grant and programs are being designed to support these individuals, school by school. </li></ul>
  18. 18. District Success: The Literacy Innovation Action Research Project <ul><li>Public Education </li></ul><ul><li>Our task is to teach the kinds of kids we have </li></ul><ul><li>Not the kids we want to have </li></ul><ul><li>Or used to have </li></ul><ul><li>Or the kinds that exist in our dreams…. </li></ul>
  19. 19. District Success: “Gray Area” Action Research Project <ul><li>Board Goal </li></ul><ul><li>Goal 1 - To enhance the life chances of students. </li></ul><ul><li>Board Goal reflects a commitment to supporting our students that are not yet or minimally meeting grade-level expectations . </li></ul><ul><li>“ Gray area” students are ones that struggle with reading, writing and numeracy but are not identified as students with special needs. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Gray Area Project: Results (2006-2007) <ul><li>Involved 11 schools </li></ul><ul><li>Opt in </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 40 people involved on Professional Learning Teams </li></ul><ul><li>Students identified: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some small, specific groups of students (e.g. 4 students) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some identified students within a whole class, measuring the impact of whole class intervention on these students. </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Gray Area Project: Results (2006-2007) <ul><li>167 “gray area” students identified </li></ul><ul><li>The majority of students were at level 1 (Not Yet Meeting Expectations) for Reading and Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Others were at level 2 (Minimally Meeting Expectations) for Reading or Writing </li></ul><ul><li>One school also targeted numeracy (36 students) </li></ul>
  22. 22. Gray Area Project: Results (2006-2007) <ul><li>Of the 167 students: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(a) 73 moved to satisfactorily meeting or fully meeting expectations (2.5 or 3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(b) 81 moved from Not Yet Meeting to Minimally Meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(c) only 13 remained in the Not Yet Meeting category </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These results are something to celebrate on a variety of levels and were celebrated provincially in the November 23 Deputy Newsletter! </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Celebrating Schools: Focus on Health <ul><li>• 7 schools in Healthy Schools Network </li></ul><ul><li>Example : Community Strides in Canyon-Lister focused on students walking in partnership with community. </li></ul><ul><li>ARES: If we graph recess snack choices and teach the Health and Career Education curriculum, will choices become healthier? </li></ul><ul><li>Brent Kennedy: Healthy Buddies Program </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Thank You </li></ul>