Students in Grades 6 and 9 write provincial Achievement Tests. Grade 12 students write provincial Diploma Examinations.
For each student who writes Achievement Tests in Grade 6 and 9, an Individual Student Profile is provided to the school for the student’s educational record. The profile shows the student’s test results related to the standards for the course tested. The school receives a second copy of the Individual Student Profile to distribute to the student’s parent or legal guardian. Grade 12 students receive their Diploma Examination results by mail from Alberta Education.
In considering Achievement Test and Diploma Examination results, the number of students writing the tests and examinations (participation rate) is significant and important, particularly in a metro board that provides instruction to a large number of students.
Alberta Education reports Achievement Test results in two different categories:
- Results for all students in Grades 6 and 9 who wrote the test
- Results for all students enrolled in Grades 6 and 9
This includes all students who wrote the test, as well as students who were absent and did not write the test and students who were excused from writing the test by the Superintendent according to Alberta Education regulations.
It is important to note the number of students who wrote the examination. The fewer the students, the more carefully the results must be interpreted. Results on provincial assessment for individual students and for groups fewer than six students are not publicly released at the provincial or local level.
Achievement Test and Diploma Examination results provide only part of the overall picture of the province’s, school authority’s, school’s and student’s performance.
Many factors contribute to student achievement, including a student’s abilities, attitudes, motivations, aspirations, academic backgrounds and learning style. These factors also include students’ family circumstances, socio-economic backgrounds and community environments. It is therefore not appropriate to rank the performance of school districts, schools, students, or teachers on the basis of Achievement Test or Diploma Examination results.
Additional factors that contribute positively to student achievement include: high quality instructional programs, district and school-based planning and professional development, and incorporation of analysis results into school and district improvement plans.
The Calgary Catholic School District’s commitment to excellence in instructional programming ensures a focus on factors which research indicates has direct impact on student achievement. These include:
- Productive school climate and culture
- Focus on student acquisition of central learning skills
- Frequent and appropriate monitoring of student progress
- Instructional leadership
- Parent/Legal Guardian-school partnerships
- Effective instruction
- High expectations and requirements for students
Information on the multi-year results for Calgary Catholic (Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 1) and individual Calgary Catholic schools is available online from Alberta Education.