Western Canadian High Schools Report Card
What do you want from your high school? Do you want to advance your ability to read, write and do math? How about other important skills, like teamwork and using technology? Maybe you want your school to keep you consistently engaged in learning. Or, to enable success in post-secondary education and your prospective career. High schools are not perfect. They vary in their strengths and weaknesses. You have the right to know about these strengths and weaknesses to demand better or choose otherwise. Many governments collect this information but do not make it publicly available or do not present it in a manner that is easily understood.
The 1st Annual Report Card on Western Canadian High Schools compiles this information and presents it for students, parents and anyone
interested, to encourage school improvement.
The Atlantic Institute For Market Studies has evaluated High Schools in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, and Newfoundland and Labrador for the past nine years. These evaluations have prompted improvements in education. When people take interest in their school’s performance and voice their concern to administrators, we see the greatest improvements in schools. It forces school management to pay attention and address the real issues. We’ve made significant gains in achieving greater accountability and transparency from ministries or departments of education, school districts and schools themselves. We have also made strides toward our greatest goal: engaging parents, students and other interested people in making their schools better.
Now, the Frontier Centre for Public Policy have partnered with AIMS to the project west to grade high schools in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The data for the 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 school years have been collected and summarized to calculate three year averages to produce stable results. The result is a detailed assessment and ranking of the quality of education delivered from participating Manitoban and Saskatchewanian high schools – excluding independent non-funded schools.