Provincial Assessment Results for 2012 - 2013
October 2, 2013
Alberta Education released the provincial assessment results (Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) and diploma exams) for the 2012/2013 school year.
Provincial assessments remain an integral part of assurance to Albertans that the education system is performing well and supporting student learning.
Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) and diploma exams are one way of enabling Alberta Education—as well as parents, school authorities, superintendents, principals and teachers—to assess how well students are meeting provincial standards.
Highlights of provincial assessment results for 2012 - 2013:
- Performance across English Language Arts 3, 6, 9, 30-1 and 30-2 remains steady at the acceptable level but is declining at the excellence level.
- Overall performance is consistent across French Language Arts 3, 6, 9, and 30-1.
- Results for Français 3, 6, 9, and 30-1 are consistent with those of previous years.
- Performance in Social Studies 6, 9, 30-1 and 30-2 remains consistent.
- Performance in Science 30, Chemistry 30, and Biology 30 continues to rise, while performance in Science 6, 9, and Physics 30 are consistent with last year after rising for four years.
- Trends in Math 3, 6, 9, 30-1 and 30-2 cannot be determined because five years of data based on the current program of studies does not yet exist.
- Participation in Grade 9 Provincial Achievement Tests was significantly impacted by the June 2013 flooding in Southern Alberta. Caution should be used when interpreting trends for specific groups or school boards affected by flooding.
- Participation in Math, Chemistry, Physics, and Science diploma exams was significantly impacted by the June 2013 flooding in southern Alberta. Caution should be used when interpreting trends for specific groups or school boards affected by flooding.
- Participation in English and Social Studies diploma exams was not affected by the floods.
Annual reports are provided province-wide for Diploma Examination Results for the entire school year; that is, for the November, January, April, June and August examinations combined. Additionally, these reports provide summaries of multiyear results as well as results by gender and for subgroups.
Here are the Achievement Testing Results. Alberta Education and school authority personnel are responsible for ensuring that high-quality education is provided to all students in the province. Information about achievement is provided to schools and school authorities, parents, and the public, so that they may know how well students in their schools are meeting local targets and provincial expectations.
For complete results information (including schools and jurisdictions) and a message from the Education Minister, Jeff Johnson, please visit http://education.alberta.ca/admin/testing.aspx .