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.

Provincial Assessment Results 2018 (% meeting expectations)

  2018 2017 2016
Math results      
Grade 3 60% 62% 61%
Grade 6 77% 75% 77%
Grade 9 66% 70% 69%
521A 73% 69% 60%
521B 84% 79% 74%
521K 39% 47% 47%
Reading results      
Grade 3 English 81% 77% 77%
Grade 3 French Immersion 71% 49% 68%
Grade 6 59% 64% 82%
Writing results      
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.

Curriculum Renewal

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.

School goals

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.

Instructional coaches

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.

Alberton Elementary School

Amherst Cove Consolidated School

Athena Consolidated School

Belfast Consolidated School

Birchwood Intermediate School

Bloomfield Elementary School

Bluefield High School

Cardigan Consolidated School

Central Queens Elementary School

Charlottetown Rural High School

Colonel Gray High School

Donagh Regional School

East Wiltshire Intermediate School

Eliot River Elementary School

Ellerslie Elementary School

Elm Street Elementary School

Englewood School

Georgetown Elementary School

Glen Stewart Elementary School

Greenfield Elementary School

Gulf Shore Consolidated School

Hernewood Intermediate School

Kensington Intermediate Senior High School

Kinkora Regional High School

L.M. Montgomery Elementary School

M.E. Callaghan Intermediate School

Miscouche Consolidated School

Montague Consolidated School

Montague Intermediate School

Montague Regional High School

Morell Consolidated School

Morell Regional High School

Mount Stewart Consolidated School

O'Leary Elementary School

Parkdale Elementary School

Parkside Elementary School

Prince Street Elementary School

Queen Charlotte Intermediate School

Queen Elizabeth Elementary School

Sherwood Elementary School

Somerset Elementary School

Souris Regional School

Southern Kings Consolidated School

Spring Park Elementary School

St. Jean Elementary School

St. Louis Elementary School

Stonepark Intermediate School

Stratford Elementary School

Summerside Intermediate School

Three Oaks Senior High School

Tignish Elementary School

Vernon River Consolidated School

West Kent Elementary School

West Royalty Elementary School

Westisle Composite High School

Westwood Primary School

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

Published date: 
October 23, 2018
Education and Lifelong Learning

General Inquiries

Department of Education and Lifelong Learning
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Summerside, PE C1N 1B6

Phone: 902-438-4130
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