2014-15 annual report highlights include graduation rates, reading levels
Ahead of the Prince Albert Roman Catholic Separate School Division regular board meeting, members took a look at highlights from the year’s annual report.
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Prince Albert Catholic School Division director of education Lorel Trumier speaks during Monday’s presentation of the 2014-15 annual report and regular board meeting.
For the 2014-15 school year, 2955 students were enrolled in the Catholic school division, about 900 more students than when compared to the prior school year.
The 2014-15 school year also saw a lower Kindergarten population than the previous years.
French immersion numbers also remained stable, making up about 25 per cent of the total student population.
At the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, there were 83 fewer First Nations and Métis students enrolled when compared to 2013-14. There were eight more French Immersion students and there were 39 fewer English as Additional Language students.
Within the report, graduation rates within the school division were either on par or greater than the provincial standard.
For the 2014-15 school year, 76 per cent of all students graduated on-time compared to 75 per cent of students in the province.
About 55 per cent of First Nations and Métis students graduated on-time compared to 40 per cent of First Nations and Métis students in the province.
Non-First Nations and Métis students had a graduating rate of 93 per cent compared against the provincial average of 84 per cent.
The on-time graduation rates for all students increased about five per cent when compared to the 2013-14 school year.
“We continue to outperform the province,” director of education Lorel Trumier said.
“We get to know the students and we try to meet their needs and try to support them,” she added. “Our staff is committed to this work of attaining graduations and it starts in Pre-K for us and each year is a journey toward that learning for life through Catholic education.”
As part of the school division’s three-year strategic plan, by June 2017, at least 78 per cent of Grade 3 students will be reading at or above grade level.
The Catholic school division reported a seven per cent increase in Grade 3 students that were reading at or above their grade level in the 2014-15 school year.
In 2014, about 64 per cent of Grade 3 students were reading at or above the grade level. That percentage increased to 71 per cent.
Reading level groupings are based on provincially developed benchmarks. The Catholic school division numbers were slightly below the provincial benchmarks.
“Our school division has had laser vision and focus on our achievments in the reading, writing and math achievement rates,” Trumier said.
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An earlier version of this story stated a different number for increased enrollment at the Catholic school division.
The correct increase in enrollment is 122 students for 2015-16 school year.
There was also an increase of students in the French immersion enrollment but not in the overall enrollment numbers.