October 7, 2016

Calgary Catholic School District releases provincial test results

Calgary, Alberta – The results of Calgary Catholic School District’s 2015-2016 provincial achievement tests and diploma examination results released today show students continue to perform well in relation to the province.

  • Exceeded provincial results by 3.1 per cent at the acceptable standard, and 2.3 per cent at the standard of excellence on provincial achievement tests in the overall summary comparison to the province.
  • Exceeded provincial results by 1.5 per cent at the acceptable standard, and 0.2 per cent at the standard of excellence on diploma examinations in the overall summary comparison to the province.

“Our district has seen a trend indicating consistently high performance over the past several years and we’re pleased to see that trend continue this year,” says Chief Superintendent Gary Strother. “Our results are a testament to the hard work of our students and staff along with the strong support of our parents. We have a lot to celebrate but we also know that we have areas where we need to improve and we’ll be working to address those areas throughout the year.”

Accountability Pillar Results

These results measure a school jurisdiction’s performance and are comprised of a variety of data sources such as parent, teacher and student surveys and provincial test results.

  • High school completion: 84.5 per cent of CCSD students graduate in three years. This is 8 per cent above the provincial average of 76.5 per cent.
  • Dropout rate: 1.5 per cent, compared to the provincial rate of 3.2 per cent.
  • Transition to post-secondary rate: 71.0 per cent of CCSD students go on to attend Alberta post-secondary institutions, which is 11.6 per cent higher than provincial rates.
  • Rutherford Scholarship eligibility rate: 65.7 per cent of students earn an average of 75 per cent or higher in any of the eligible Grade 10, 11 or 12 courses (4.9 per cent above the provincial average of 60.8 per cent).
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI): 75.5 per cent of CCSD FNMI students graduate in three years, and is close to the provincial non-FNMI average of 76.5 per cent. This is 25.3 per cent above the provincial average of 50.2 per cent. CCSD FNMI dropout rate of 5.6 per cent is 0.5 per cent better than provincial rate of 6.1 per cent.

Provincial Achievement Tests (Grade 6 and 9)

In all Grade 6 PATs written in both English and French and in Grade 9 PATs written in English, CCSD scored above province in both acceptable standard and standard of excellence.

Note: Grade 3 students take part in the provincial student learning assessments and do not write provincial achievement tests.

Highlights of acceptable standard scores higher than provincial results:

  • In Grade 6 English Language Arts: 96.0 per cent (4.5 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 6 Science: 90.8 per cent (4.7 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 6 Social Studies: 87.2 per cent (7.8 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 6 Math: 87.0 per cent (8.0 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 6 French Language Arts: 96.5 per cent (6.9 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 6 French Science: 93.0 per cent (7.8 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 6 French Social Studies: 91.1 per cent (14.5 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 6 French Math: 92.0 per cent (8.5 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 9 English Language Arts: 91.9 per cent (5.2 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 9 Science: 88.1 per cent (5.8 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 9 Math: 81.1 per cent (6.1 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 9 Social Studies: 78.3 per cent (6.0 per cent higher)

At the standard of excellence, the following results were above the province:

  • 4.1 per cent higher in Grade 6 Science
  • 3.7 per cent higher in Grade 6 English Language Arts
  • 3.5 per cent higher in Grade 6 Social Studies
  • 2.4 per cent higher in Grade 6 Math
  • 13.9 per cent higher in Grade 6 French Math
  • 13.6 per cent higher in Grade 6 French Social Studies
  • 12.2 per cent higher in Grade 6 French Science
  • 6.3 per cent higher in Grade 6 French Language Arts
  • 5.1 per cent higher in Grade 9 Science
  • 2.9 per cent higher in Grade 9 Social Studies
  • 2.7 per cent higher in Grade 9 Math
  • 0.7 per cent higher in Grade 9 English Language Arts

Diploma Examinations (High School)

CCSD Students continue to perform well in the 2015-2016 diploma examinations when compared to the province. There are several areas to celebrate. Of particular note are the following:

There was high performance at the acceptable standard with the following results above the province:

  • 4.2 per cent higher than the province in Social Studies 30-2
  • 3.3 per cent higher than the province in Biology 30
  • 2.4 per cent higher than the province in Math 30-2
  • 2.3 per cent higher than the province in Math 30-1
  • 2.1 per cent higher than the province in Chemistry 30
  • 1.9 per cent higher than the province in Social Studies 30-1
  • 1.7 per cent higher than the province in Physics 30-1
  • 0.4 per cent higher than the province in English Language Arts 30-1

There was high performance at the standard of excellence with the following results above the province:

  • 5.2 per cent higher than the province in Physics 30
  • 3.7 per cent higher than the province in Social Studies 30-2
  • 2.4 per cent higher than the province in Chemistry 30
  • 1.9 per cent higher than the province in French Language Arts 30-1
  • 1.5 per cent higher than the province in Biology 30
  • 0.2 per cent higher than the province in Social Studies 30-1
  • The participation rate in 9 of 11 diploma courses was above provincial rates:
  • 9.9 per cent higher than the province in English Language Arts 30-1
  • 7.7 per cent higher than the province in Social Studies 30-2
  • 7.1 per cent higher than the province in Math 30-1
  • 4.2 per cent higher than the province in Math 30-2
  • 3.5 per cent higher than the province in Chemistry 30
  • 2.9 per cent higher than the province in Biology 30
  • 2.5 per cent higher than the province in Science 30
  • 1.1 per cent higher than the province in Social Studies 30-1
  • 0.9 per cent higher than the province in French Language Arts 30-1

“There will be a continued increased emphasis on literacy as this is the foundation of all learning from kindergarten to Grade 12,” says Strother. “Our strength in Science and Math in grades 6, 9 and 12 is a highlight of the results that we are proud of at Calgary Catholic. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) will be an on-going area of focus as this is a critical curriculum component. We have seen tremendous growth in our First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) student results, and we are committed to eliminating the FNMI achievement gap to ensure success for all students.”

For achievement test results, please visit: www.cssd.ab.ca/Parents/ProvincialTesting/Achieveme...

For diploma exam results, please visit: www.cssd.ab.ca/Parents/ProvincialTesting/DiplomaEx...

The Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) is the largest Catholic school district in Alberta, serving over 55,000 students in 109 schools located in Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane, Chestermere and Rocky View County. CCSD educates and empowers students from kindergarten to Grade 12 through its mission of Living and Learning in our Catholic Faith. For more information please visit our website at www.cssd.ab.ca.

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For further information, please contact:
Karen Ryhorchuk
Senior Communications Specialist
Calgary Catholic School District
Office: 403-500-2602
Cell: 403-605-1186

Calgary Catholic School District releases provincial test results

October 7, 2016

Calgary Catholic School District releases provincial test results

Calgary, Alberta – The results of Calgary Catholic School District’s 2015-2016 provincial achievement tests and diploma examination results released today show students continue to perform well in relation to the province.

  • Exceeded provincial results by 3.1 per cent at the acceptable standard, and 2.3 per cent at the standard of excellence on provincial achievement tests in the overall summary comparison to the province.
  • Exceeded provincial results by 1.5 per cent at the acceptable standard, and 0.2 per cent at the standard of excellence on diploma examinations in the overall summary comparison to the province.

“Our district has seen a trend indicating consistently high performance over the past several years and we’re pleased to see that trend continue this year,” says Chief Superintendent Gary Strother. “Our results are a testament to the hard work of our students and staff along with the strong support of our parents. We have a lot to celebrate but we also know that we have areas where we need to improve and we’ll be working to address those areas throughout the year.”

Accountability Pillar Results

These results measure a school jurisdiction’s performance and are comprised of a variety of data sources such as parent, teacher and student surveys and provincial test results.

  • High school completion: 84.5 per cent of CCSD students graduate in three years. This is 8 per cent above the provincial average of 76.5 per cent.
  • Dropout rate: 1.5 per cent, compared to the provincial rate of 3.2 per cent.
  • Transition to post-secondary rate: 71.0 per cent of CCSD students go on to attend Alberta post-secondary institutions, which is 11.6 per cent higher than provincial rates.
  • Rutherford Scholarship eligibility rate: 65.7 per cent of students earn an average of 75 per cent or higher in any of the eligible Grade 10, 11 or 12 courses (4.9 per cent above the provincial average of 60.8 per cent).
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI): 75.5 per cent of CCSD FNMI students graduate in three years, and is close to the provincial non-FNMI average of 76.5 per cent. This is 25.3 per cent above the provincial average of 50.2 per cent. CCSD FNMI dropout rate of 5.6 per cent is 0.5 per cent better than provincial rate of 6.1 per cent.

Provincial Achievement Tests (Grade 6 and 9)

In all Grade 6 PATs written in both English and French and in Grade 9 PATs written in English, CCSD scored above province in both acceptable standard and standard of excellence.

Note: Grade 3 students take part in the provincial student learning assessments and do not write provincial achievement tests.

Highlights of acceptable standard scores higher than provincial results:

  • In Grade 6 English Language Arts: 96.0 per cent (4.5 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 6 Science: 90.8 per cent (4.7 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 6 Social Studies: 87.2 per cent (7.8 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 6 Math: 87.0 per cent (8.0 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 6 French Language Arts: 96.5 per cent (6.9 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 6 French Science: 93.0 per cent (7.8 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 6 French Social Studies: 91.1 per cent (14.5 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 6 French Math: 92.0 per cent (8.5 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 9 English Language Arts: 91.9 per cent (5.2 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 9 Science: 88.1 per cent (5.8 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 9 Math: 81.1 per cent (6.1 per cent higher)
  • In Grade 9 Social Studies: 78.3 per cent (6.0 per cent higher)

At the standard of excellence, the following results were above the province:

  • 4.1 per cent higher in Grade 6 Science
  • 3.7 per cent higher in Grade 6 English Language Arts
  • 3.5 per cent higher in Grade 6 Social Studies
  • 2.4 per cent higher in Grade 6 Math
  • 13.9 per cent higher in Grade 6 French Math
  • 13.6 per cent higher in Grade 6 French Social Studies
  • 12.2 per cent higher in Grade 6 French Science
  • 6.3 per cent higher in Grade 6 French Language Arts
  • 5.1 per cent higher in Grade 9 Science
  • 2.9 per cent higher in Grade 9 Social Studies
  • 2.7 per cent higher in Grade 9 Math
  • 0.7 per cent higher in Grade 9 English Language Arts

Diploma Examinations (High School)

CCSD Students continue to perform well in the 2015-2016 diploma examinations when compared to the province. There are several areas to celebrate. Of particular note are the following:

There was high performance at the acceptable standard with the following results above the province:

  • 4.2 per cent higher than the province in Social Studies 30-2
  • 3.3 per cent higher than the province in Biology 30
  • 2.4 per cent higher than the province in Math 30-2
  • 2.3 per cent higher than the province in Math 30-1
  • 2.1 per cent higher than the province in Chemistry 30
  • 1.9 per cent higher than the province in Social Studies 30-1
  • 1.7 per cent higher than the province in Physics 30-1
  • 0.4 per cent higher than the province in English Language Arts 30-1

There was high performance at the standard of excellence with the following results above the province:

  • 5.2 per cent higher than the province in Physics 30
  • 3.7 per cent higher than the province in Social Studies 30-2
  • 2.4 per cent higher than the province in Chemistry 30
  • 1.9 per cent higher than the province in French Language Arts 30-1
  • 1.5 per cent higher than the province in Biology 30
  • 0.2 per cent higher than the province in Social Studies 30-1
  • The participation rate in 9 of 11 diploma courses was above provincial rates:
  • 9.9 per cent higher than the province in English Language Arts 30-1
  • 7.7 per cent higher than the province in Social Studies 30-2
  • 7.1 per cent higher than the province in Math 30-1
  • 4.2 per cent higher than the province in Math 30-2
  • 3.5 per cent higher than the province in Chemistry 30
  • 2.9 per cent higher than the province in Biology 30
  • 2.5 per cent higher than the province in Science 30
  • 1.1 per cent higher than the province in Social Studies 30-1
  • 0.9 per cent higher than the province in French Language Arts 30-1

“There will be a continued increased emphasis on literacy as this is the foundation of all learning from kindergarten to Grade 12,” says Strother. “Our strength in Science and Math in grades 6, 9 and 12 is a highlight of the results that we are proud of at Calgary Catholic. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) will be an on-going area of focus as this is a critical curriculum component. We have seen tremendous growth in our First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) student results, and we are committed to eliminating the FNMI achievement gap to ensure success for all students.”

For achievement test results, please visit: www.cssd.ab.ca/Parents/ProvincialTesting/Achieveme...

For diploma exam results, please visit: www.cssd.ab.ca/Parents/ProvincialTesting/DiplomaEx...

The Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) is the largest Catholic school district in Alberta, serving over 55,000 students in 109 schools located in Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane, Chestermere and Rocky View County. CCSD educates and empowers students from kindergarten to Grade 12 through its mission of Living and Learning in our Catholic Faith. For more information please visit our website at www.cssd.ab.ca.

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For further information, please contact:
Karen Ryhorchuk
Senior Communications Specialist
Calgary Catholic School District
Office: 403-500-2602
Cell: 403-605-1186

Living and learning in our catholic faith