Earlier this week, the C.D. Howe Institute released a report on B.C. elementary schools that compared their performance based on three years of data from the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA). The report does not rank schools because author David Johnson, a Wilfrid Laurier University economics professor, says the differences among many schools are too small to be significant.
His study highlights schools that are doing better than expected given the students’ socio-economic backgrounds. It also identifies schools that are not doing so well, but they don’t get the same prominence.
Johnson’s list of top performers is different from that of the Fraser Institute (which is releasing its annual report card on secondary schools Sunday). It includes two of Vancouver’s inner-city schools – Britannia and Grandview elementary – where student results are not better than the provincial average but are exceptional given the students’ backgrounds.(Steffenhagen, Vancouver Sun)
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