While the Fraser Institute report card spotlights the fastest improving elementary schools in British Columbia, Oak Bay’s elementary schools remain steady and near the top.
Across British Columbia, 50 elementary schools showed significant improvement in their academic performance over the past five years, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual school rankings released earlier this week.
The Report Card on B.C. Elementary Schools 2015, rates 978 public and independent elementary schools based on 10 academic indicators derived from the annual Foundation Skills Assessments administered for the B.C. Ministry of Education.
“Parents have repeatedly shown they value the ability to track the academic performance of their children’s schools and compare them to the performance of other schools. With five years of results for most schools, the report card also enables them to quickly and easily determine if their children’s school is improving or worsening academically,” said Peter Cowley, Fraser Institute director of school performance studies.
In Oak Bay independent schools remain near the top with Glenlyon Norfolk junior school ranked 35th overall with a 9.2 rating while St. Michael’s University junior school ranked 45th with an overall rating of 9.0.
Ecole Willows Elementary ranked 212 last year, with its rating dropping to 7.2 from 7.9 the year before – which was well above the 7.1 from 2012. Willows’ rating over the past five years stands at 121/746.