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Fraser Institute Rankings Spotlight Improving East Vancouver Secondary Schools, Empower Parents With Objective Information About School Performance

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/08/14 -- The three fastest-improving secondary schools in Vancouver are public schools on the east side of the city, finds the Fraser Institute's annual school rankings.

The Report Card on B.C.'s Secondary Schools 2014 ranks 293 public and independent secondary schools based on seven indicators using data from the annual provincewide exams administered by the B.C. Ministry of Education.

According to the Report Card, 30 schools across the province showed improvement over the past five years, including East Vancouver public schools Britannia, Vancouver Technical and Gladstone.

Britannia, a century-old school near Commercial Drive, posted an overall rating of 3 out of 10 in 2009, then improved to 4.4 by 2013, even though 25.3 per cent of its students have special needs-the highest proportion of special needs students among all 293 schools in the Report Card.

"A school like Britannia counters one of the common misconceptions about student performance. It has a high percentage of special needs students, yet it's improving. The Fraser Institute Report Card consistently demonstrates that some schools find ways to do better regardless of the challenges students face," said Peter Cowley, Fraser Institute director of school performance studies.

Other examples of improvement:

Ladysmith Secondary, a public school near Nanaimo, posted an overall rating of 4.4 out of 10 in 2009, then improved to 6.5 by 2013.

Abbotsford Collegiate, a Fraser Valley public school, posted a 2.6 in 2009, and improved steadily every year to post a 4.9 out of 10 in 2013.

"Improvement is a reality in schools from Port Alberni in the west to Kimberley in the east, and from Prince George to the north to Victoria in the south," Cowley said.

But are other schools learning the secrets of success?

"Parents at schools with consistently low ratings, or schools with declining results, should ask their principals when their schools will experience the kind of improvement in student performance we see in other schools," Cowley said.

At compareschoolrankings.org, parents and educators will find objective information that shows where improvement is needed. Parents should ensure that principals and school district officials are paying attention and taking action.

For the complete results on all ranked schools, visit www.compareschoolrankings.org.

B.C.'s 30 improving schools
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Abbotsford Collegiate (Abbotsford)
Selkirk (Kimberley)
Richmond Christian (Richmond)
Ladysmith (Ladysmith)
Prince George (Prince George)
Timberline (Campbell River)
Aldergrove Community (Aldergrove)
Vancouver Technical (Vancouver)
Mark R. Isfeld (Courtenay)
Alberni District (Port Alberni)
Mount Douglas (Victoria)
Southern Okanagan (Oliver)
Steveston-London (Richmond)
Enver Creek (Surrey)
Britannia (Vancouver)
Yale (Abbotsford)
Richmond (Richmond)
Nanaimo District (Nanaimo)
Vernon (Vernon)
New Westminster (New Westminster)
Gladstone (Vancouver)
Riverside (Port Coquitlam)
Burnaby Central (Burnaby)
Notre Dame (Vancouver)
Kitsilano (Vancouver)
Oak Bay (Victoria)
Heritage Woods (Port Moody)
Hugh McRoberts (Richmond)
Crofton House (Vancouver)
St Andrew's (Victoria)

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The Fraser Institute is an independent Canadian public policy research and educational organization with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal and ties to a global network of 86 think-tanks. Its mission is to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on the welfare of individuals. To protect the Institute's independence, it does not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit www.fraserinstitute.org.

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