Sherwood Park, AB. — Today, Alberta Education released its provincewide “Diploma Examination Results” report for the 2017-18 school year. Students from Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) earned strong results. Overall, 86 per cent of students achieved the Acceptable Standard on all diploma examinations and 22 per cent achieved the Standard of Excellence, which is rated by the province as high.

“We’re thrilled with the results released by Alberta Education,” says Trina Boymook, the Board Chair at EIPS. “To receive an overall rating of high on all diploma examinations speaks volumes about the way we, as a Division, are supporting students, enhancing their learning and helping them achieve to the best of their abilities.”

Most impressive are the number of students who achieved marks at the Acceptable Standard in English 30-1, English 30-2; and French language arts. Students also did well in this category in Mathematics 30, Social Studies 30, Biology 30, and Science 30. Similarly, at the Standard of Excellence category, EIPS students scored particularly well again in the areas of English language arts, French language arts and mathematics.

“The diploma examination results are a great resource for us because they help us understand student achievement in the respective programs,” says Boymook. “Every year, we review these results and use the data to inform our Board, administration, schools and staff on the areas we are doing well in, the areas in which we can improve and on decisions relating to resource allocations. In the coming weeks, we’ll analyze the results in detail and identify any areas to focus on so students continue to achieve at high levels.”

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. Alberta Education requires students who take 30-level courses in English language arts, French language arts, social studies, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics and science to write a diploma examination.

Final course marks for the 2017-18 school year were determined by blending 30 per cent of the diploma examination mark with 70 per cent of the school-awarded grades. In addition to diploma examination results, EIPS uses various reporting inputs to evaluate the success of the student-learning experience. Other measures include the provincial Accountability Pillar, student and parent surveys, and assessment and report card data.

As part of the Division’s commitment to continuous improvement, all EIPS principals review individual school results and share them with their staff and school communities. The results are also compiled and used to guide each school’s education plans and the Division’s Annual Education Results Report.


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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