Report card time for local schools

Fraser Institute releases annual rankings of elementary schools

  • Mar. 11, 2013 10:00 a.m.

Auguston Traditional was ranked highest of the elementary schools in Abbotsford in the Fraser Institute’s annual school report card.

Auguston Traditional ranked 44th out of 853 schools province-wide. Two independent schools, Mennonite Educational Institute (MEI) and Dasmesh Punjabi, were next for Abbotsford, tied at 62nd. King Traditional School and Bradner Elementary School followed, both at 104.

Last year’s results ranked Auguston at 81st out of 860, the only one of the local top five to rise in position since last year. In the previous report, MEI ranked 59th, Dasmesh Punjabi at 36th, King Traditional at 28th and Bradner at 61st.

St. James Elementary experienced the largest drop in ranking. In the last report card, St. James Elementary was 23rd out of 860. This year it dropped to 193rd, going from the top elementary school in Abbotsford to tied for 11th place.

The ranking are based on the results of the provincial Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) testing of students in Grades 4 to 7 in reading, writing and numeracy from the 2011/12 school year. It also takes into account the school’s gender-gap on test performance.

Of the 32 Abbotsford elementary schools included in the report, 25 were in the top 50 per cent of schools province-wide.

The Fraser Institute says the report provides parents with useful information about their schools’ academic programs and performance, while critics of the rankings say they over-simplify the different challenges that schools face.

 

Abbotsford elementary school rankings out of 853:

44. Auguston Traditional

62. MEI, Dasmesh Punjabi

104. King Traditional, Bradner

118. Abbotsford Christian, McMillan

156. South Poplar, Aberdeen

166. Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts

193. St. James, Margaret Stenersen

208. Sandy Hill, Upper Sumas, Dave Kandal

303. Harry Sayers,Ten-Broeck, Ross

317. Clearbrook

335. Dr. Roberta Bondar, Jackson

351. Matsqui, Dr. Thomas A. Swift

385. John MacLure

484. Dormick Park

501. Prince Charles

516. Blue Jay

558. Godson

685. Terry Fox

715. Centennial Park

742. Alexander

Complete rankings of schools can be found at compareschoolrankings.org.