Given the high percentage of ESL students, the school needs to develop a more co-ordinatedeffort to modify instruction and assessment for individual student needs. All teachers should beaware of provincial ESL benchmarks and have access to related professional developmentsupport.
The school’s three
-year education plan does not directly reference specific data, such as theprovincial achievement test and diploma examination results and any strategies that could beused to improve these results. The school should identify the critical relationship between high-quality teaching and improvements in student achievement in its plan.Recommendation(s):6.
That the school develop a student assessment and evaluation policy that focuses on theassessment of each student
achievement in meeting the outcomes identified in theProgram of Studies.7.
That the school’s policy identify
the importance of using school-based examinationperiods to regularly measure student progress against the intended learning outcomes.8.
That the school’s leadership
and professional teaching staff develop strategies to useformative assessment data more effectively. This will ensure individualized feedback and intervention is provided to students on a regular, ongoing basis.9.
That the teaching staff take advantage of exam interpretation workshops availablethrough the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia.10.
That the school’s three
-year education plan include achievement test and diplomaexamination results and strategies to improve these results.11.
That the school develop a plan to recognize the individual needs of ESL learners. Allteaching staff should have an improved understanding of appropriate teaching strategiesand benchmark assessments for ESL learners.Diploma Examination and Provincial Achievement Test Administration PracticesDiploma examination and provincial achievement test administration must follow therequirements outlined in the administration directives in the Alberta Education GeneralInformation Bulletins. T
examination administration practices have not consistentlyfollowed these requirements. On several occasions, irregularities have been reported in theadministration of the exams.Recommendation(s):12.
That Education appoint an external exam supervisor for the diploma examination andprovincial achievement test administration at the school.Diploma Examination ResultsOn a student, school and provincial basis, t
he school’s diploma examination results indicate a
substantial difference between school-awarded marks and diploma marks. Whileschool-awarded averages in individual diploma examination subjects vary slightly over time, thediploma examination averages have declined substantially. As an objective and reliablemeasure, the diploma examination results indicate that many
of the school’s students are not
achieving at an acceptable standard.