Livingstone Range School Board approved its annual education results report for 2012-’13 and its three-year education plan.
Superintendent Dave Driscoll presented a draft report Dec. 10 to trustees.
Driscoll said the report fairly and accurately represents the work of the division for the past year.
“We know there are some areas we’re very proud of,” Driscoll said, citing diploma exam marks as an example. “Our academics are still sound.”
There are also challenges, Driscoll pointed out, such as the need to close the achievement gap for First Nations, Metis and Inuit students.
The results report takes the goals set out by Alberta Education and measures performance based on them.
These goals are:
- An excellent start to learning.
- Success for every student.
- Quality teaching and school leadership.
- Engaged and effective governance.
The report outlines how these goals have been achieved, how that is measured and where the division will proceed in the future.
There were several accomplishments and celebrations:
- A First Nations education council was established to advise the division on protocols and programming.
- The board has worked to meet regularly with student representatives for junior and senior high schools through a regional student council.
- Regional school council help strengthen the roles and responsibilities of school councils in the division.
- Karen Paton, an art teacher at Livingstone school in Lundbreck, participated in the Alberta School Boards’ Association showcase panel addressing board initiatives to keep the arts alive in Alberta schools.
- After a concentrated effort by science teachers, an increase in diploma exam marks was noted. Chemistry 30 saw an increase of about 20 per cent in the acceptable standard and about 10 per cent in the standard of excellence.
- Additional outreach programs were added to the division.
- Staff at G.R. Davis school in Fort Macleod articulated the values of their school through the “Seven Traditional Teachings of First Nations People.”
- Lisa Manners, a Grade 12 student at Matthew Halton high school in Pincher Creek won a “Me to We” trip to India as part of We Day.
- Hutterian Brethren colony teachers have used reading recovery to improve literacy in colony schools.
- The Leader2Leader committee developed tools to support the growth, supervision, and evaluation of assistant principals.
- The Alberta-Finland partnership involving students, staff and administration at Crowsnest Consolidated high school continues to support a deeper understanding of diversity and potential transformation of education.
- J.T. Foster school in Nanton was selected as a high school re-design school where the school and community are collaboratively creating personalized learning for students.
- A personally owned devices program was successfully implemented at F.P. Walshe school in Fort Macleod.
- Parents, students, and representatives of the Alberta Teachers Association were all included in the development of the school calendar.
- The modernization of Willow Creek Composite high school in Claresholm was completed.
The annual results report uses data from 15 regular schools and 12 Hutterian Brethren colony schools from the 2012-’13 school year; jurisdictional surveys of students, staff and parents in April of 2013; provincial achievement tests and diploma exams during the 2012-’13 school year; Grades 4, 7 and 10 provincial surveys; Livingstone Range’s three-year plan; and the school annual education results report for 2011-’12.
The report is used to assist in the development of a new three-year plan for the next planning cycle.
It can be found at the school division’s Web site by visiting www.lrsd.ab.ca.