Provincial Achievement Test and Diploma Exams Results
October 9, 2014
According to the latest national results, Alberta students achieved the highest marks in the country in science, second highest in reading, and third highest in math. Provincial assessments also indicate more high school students have been achieving excellence in physics, chemistry, and biology over the past several years.
More high school students are also attaining the standard of excellence on English language arts 30-1 and 30-2 diploma exams. The number of students achieving excellence on Grade 6 and 9 English language arts increased slightly over last year. Excellence refers to students who demonstrate a mastery of the core subject material.
While five years of data are needed to determine provincial trends in math, national results indicate Alberta students are on par with the Canadian average and have improved their performance since 2010.
Standardized tests are one way of assessing student learning and identifying strengths or areas needing improvement.
Alberta Education is currently piloting new digital Student Learning Assessments that will replace Provincial Achievement Tests. The new assessments will better identify student learning needs for teachers and parents at the start of the school year.