Provincial Assessment Results
Provincial assessments are conducted each year to measure how well students are meeting expectations set out in the provincial curriculum. Students write provincial assessments each year at the end of grades 3, 6, 9 and 11.
The results are used by the department and education partners to monitor and report on student achievement, and to make changes to instruction and the curriculum when necessary. Assessments provide valuable insights into how a child is currently performing in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of key stages of learning. Using this information, education partners support teachers to improve student learning in the upcoming school year.
|Grade 3 English||81%||77%||77%|
|Grade 3 French Immersion||71%||49%||68%|
|Grade 3 English||47%||48%||51%|
|Grade 6 English||63%||64%||66%|
|Grade 5 French Immersion||49%||59%||39%|
About the assessment process
Students write the assessments in May and June. Teachers work with the department to develop and score the assessments based on the curriculum. The results are shared with students, parents and educators in the fall.
The results of each assessment shape the instruction a student will receive in the next stage of their learning.
Response to the assessments
Provincial assessments provide important information about how a child is doing in relation to provincial standards, and they inform new initiatives that support achievement, for example:
Early Literacy Plan
Based on the 2017 results, a new $700,000 early literacy plan is being implemented to improve K-3 writing. The new funding supports 8 additional literacy coaches and new early literacy resources.
English Language Arts curriculum is being renewed at the grades 5 and 6 level, with grades 4, 3, 2 and 1 to follow. New curriculum will be supported by extensive professional learning and new resources.
Enhanced classroom libraries
Volume of reading and high quality literature helps students meet Language Arts outcomes. With a $765,000 investment, there are new classroom libraries in grades 9-12, with grades 7 and 8 to follow.
Every school must have an achievement goal and in elementary schools it must be related to reading. Provincial assessment data is the main instrument used at the school level to set achievement goals.
Coaching is seen as the most effective means of developing highly skilled teachers, and ‘at the elbow’ training or coaching is regarded as the most effective training model. More coaches are being added to help teachers learn in the classroom setting.
Secondary math initiatives
90 percent of Island high school students are in academic math programs, a very high proportion. Math teachers draw on assessment data to address areas of the curriculum where students are struggling, and share teaching strategies used in areas where students excel. A Grade 7 math intervention is being piloted this year, based on the Grade 6 results, to further strengthen performance in high school math.
Secondary literacy initiatives
A new Grade 10 Literacy Intervention Course is being piloted to ensure students graduate with the literacy skills they need to succeed. Data for the past two school years in 8 pilot schools showed:
- 91 percent of students who took the course moved at least one grade level in reading, and 29 percent moved more than one grade level in reading;
- 95 percent moved at least one grade level in writing and 14 percent moved more than one grade level in writing
- 54 percent of students who completed the course moved to English 421 A (academic)
2018 Provincial Assessment results by school
When looking at school results, it is important to consider the total number of students who participated in the assessment, the size of the student population and trends over a period of time.
La Commission scolaire de langue française
Results for schools in La Commission scolaire de langue française are not made available because statistics are too unstable for schools with small student populations.
Who can I contact for more information?
Contact your child’s teacher directly, or Achievement and Accountability
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning
Holman Centre, 250 Water St., Suite 101
Summerside, PE C1N 1B6
Tel: (902) 438-4887
Fax: (902) 438-4889