Provincial student assessment results now available

Supporting Island families –

Results from the last spring’s province-wide student learning assessments are arriving at homes this week.

The annual assessments take place at the end of grades 3 and 6 in reading, writing, and math, and in math at the end of grades 9 and 11. School-based results are available at

Prince Edward Island students participate in provincial, national, and international assessments that are taken every three years. Island students have made significant progress over the past decade in the PISA international assessment and the PCAP national assessment. Canada is one of the top performing countries in the world on PISA, and Island students now perform at the Canadian average in key areas.

“The provincial assessments are used to improve student achievement, and we will be using the data this year to target resources to specific areas of the curriculum, particularly primary writing and elementary reading,” said Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Jordan Brown.

The assessments inform parents of their children’s progress and are used by schools, boards and the department to identify priorities and inform decisions.

Parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s teacher about their results and discuss how they can support learning at home.

Several initiatives are being implemented this year to support the assessment results, including the hiring of a literacy coach to support primary writing instruction in schools.

A writing instruction program, based on the Calkins model, will be implemented in 39 schools for kindergarten and grade 1 teachers. It will provide specialized resources and classroom-based training to support students at various stages of learning in their writing.

The Francisation program will be maintained and enhanced in French first language schools to support the growing number of students who are entering schools with minimal French language competency.

Several schools are working with the department to pilot programs to lift literacy achievement. For example, Montague Consolidated and Glen Stewart Primary are piloting Fundations®, which uses a multi-sensory model to improve early literacy learning. Elm Street Elementary is piloting an expressive vocabulary program to support oral language which is key to early literacy achievement.

Media contact:
Jean Doherty



Provincial Assessment Results 2017

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 and work with teachers to improve student learning in the upcoming school year.   

Provincial Assessment Results 2017







Grade 3



Grade 6



Grade 9






521 B



521 K









Grade 3 English



Grade 3 French Immersion



Grade 6






Grade 3 English



Grade 6 English



Grade 5 French Immersion



About the literacy assessments

Students write the primary and elementary literacy assessments in May of each year. Schools have the flexibility to administer the assessment over a two-week period. The assessments take four to five hours to complete. For the reading portion of the assessment, students read different types of texts and answer questions about what they read. They also complete one writing task.

About the math assessments

Students write the primary and elementary math assessments in June. They require two hours over two days to complete. Students write the intermediate and high school math assessments during exam week. Teachers work with the department to develop and score the assessments based on the provincial curriculum.


Assessments are one of many tools used to monitor student learning. They contribute important information about how a child is doing in relation to provincial standards.

Parents are encouraged to ask their teacher how their child’s performance on this assessment compares to what the teacher observes in the classroom and how parents can offer additional support at home.

Parents should talk to the teacher about the full scope of their child’s learning. Working together with good information, parents and teachers can help students to reach their full potential. To view results, visit:

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Department of Education and Early Years
Holman Centre
Suite 101, 250 Water Street
Summerside, PE C1N 1B6

Phone: 902-438-4130
Fax: 902-438-4062