Sherwood Park, AB. — Students from Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are celebrating another year of strong results on the 2018-19 Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs). Alberta Education recently released its provincewide PAT results. Within EIPS, students in Grade 6 and Grade 9 who completed the PATs outperformed the provincial averages in all subjects at the Acceptable Standard category and almost all subjects at the Standard of Excellence category.
“We’re absolutely thrilled with the results released by Alberta Education,” says Trina Boymook, the Board Chair at EIPS. “What’s most impressive is how well students are doing in the areas of literacy and numeracy. Both are life skills and developing competency in these areas serves students well, now and throughout their life.”
Overall, Grade 6 students scored exceptionally well in English language arts, French language arts, mathematics, science and social studies at the Acceptable Standard. For the Standard of Excellence category, students also scored high in the same areas—English language arts, French language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Similarly, Grade 9 students exceeded the provincial averages at the Acceptable Standard category in all categories—English language arts, French language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. And, in the Standard of Excellence category, students scored noticeably high in the areas of English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
“The PAT results are a great resource for us because they help us understand student achievement in the respective programs,” says Boymook. “We continually review these results and use the data to inform the Board, administration, schools and staff about the areas we are doing well in, the areas we need to improve on and decisions relating to resource allocations. The goal, of course, is to use the information to then identify areas we need to focus on to ensure students continue to achieve at high levels.”
The PATs are a snapshot of student achievement in various curricula from the Alberta programs of study in Grade 6 English language arts, French language arts, mathematics, science and social studies and in Grade 9 English language arts, French language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and related Knowledge and Employability courses.
EIPS is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,150 students in 43 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn.
For more information contact:
Laura McNabb, Director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902