Alberta Education is reporting a strong performance by students on last year’s diploma exams and provincial achievement tests but it still has concerns about math.
The province says high school students achieved high marks on their grade 12 diploma exams, most notably in the sciences.
Grade 6 and 9 English Language Arts marks also rose over last year, while most other subjects were within the expected range.
But students in grade 6 are still having trouble with math and marks are continuing to trend downward.
The government says it taking a number of steps to improve math skills and is working with post-secondary institutions to improve training for new teachers.
- Full list of Diploma Results
- Full list of Provincial Achievement Test (PAT) Results
- Accountability Pillar Results
The Calgary Board of Education says grade 6 and 9 public school students in Calgary outperformed the province at the acceptable standard and the standard of excellence on 18 out of 20 measures.
On diploma exams, CBE students outperformed the province in 10 out of 11 exams.
More than 40 per cent of CBE students writing the Biology 30 and Chemistry 30 and Physics 30 diploma exams achieved the standard of excellence for four years in a row.
The CBE says it has seen some improvements in math, but wants to see more.
It will also focus on improving results in the Knowledge and Employability Courses.
“We are very proud of our students and are encouraged by what is being achieved across all levels of the organization.” said Joy Bowen-Eyre, chair of the Board of Trustees. “These results demonstrate that the resources, both human and financial, we are directing to students in the classroom are positively impacting student success.”