Sherwood Park, AB. — Students from Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are celebrating another year of strong results on the 2017-18 Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs). Earlier today, Alberta Education released its provincewide PAT results. Within EIPS, 84 per cent of Grade 6 and Grade 9 students achieved the Acceptable Standard on all PAT tests and 27 per cent achieved the Standard of Excellence, which is rated by the province as high and very high, respectively.
“We are extremely proud of the results released by Alberta Education today,” says Trina Boymook, the Board Chair at EIPS. “The data makes it abundantly clear we’re offering students the right supports and tools needed for them to achieve the best possible educational outcomes. What we’re most excited about is how well students are doing in the area of language arts. We know literacy is a life skill, and developing competency in this area will impact all subjects over time and serve them well throughout their life.”
Overall, in 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 scored particularly high in the areas of English language arts, science and social studies. Similarly, Grade 9 students exceeded the provincial averages in the Acceptable Standard category—by close to 10 per cent—in English 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, French language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
“Year over year, EIPS students score quite well on the PATs both at the Acceptable Standard and the Standard of Excellence,” says Boymook. “And this year, we’re even seeing slightly higher scores in our overall PAT results. Looking ahead, EIPS will continue to concentrate on ways to meet the educational needs of all our students.”
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 (KAE) courses.
Standard of Excellence refers to students who demonstrate a mastery of the core subject material. Acceptable Standard refers to students who demonstrate an understanding of the subject material.
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