We are committed to developing our students' aptitudes, skills and knowledge so that they can become capable and self-sufficient members of our community, both locally and abroad. Literacy and numeracy skills are our divisional priorities, as they are the foundations for academic success.
During the 2016 – 2017 school year we continued to make progress in the learning priorities of LRSD: Literacy and Numeracy, Student Engagement, and Citizenship. As requested in the Board’s governance cycle, evidence of success was reviewed during this past summer and early fall.
We are continuing to see literacy and numeracy levels improve with marked improvements at the Grade 4 and 8 levels, formative transition years for students to carry successes with them as they enter middle school and then into high school.
As well, after learning from our review of the 2014 – 2015 report, we are continuing to review data specific to our Indigenous and Newcomer students, who we know face many systemic challenges. We have accepted our responsibility to do what we can to help them become as successful as other students and provide evidence that they are making positive strides.
Our research and evaluation has highlighted our successes in LRSD in 2016-2017.
- 93% of Grade 9 students attained at least seven credits
- 87% of Grade 12 students received their graduation diploma within 4 years
- According to provincial data analysis, 70% of self-identified Indigenous students in Grade 12 received their graduation diploma within 4 years (a marked improvement from June 2015: 56% and June 2014: 60%)
We developed reports that summarize the progress of all cohorts in early and middle years students over three years (from grades 2 through 4 and from grades 6 through 8) based on year-end report card grades. The students’ abilities were assessed on a four-point scale with 4 representing “very good to excellent” understanding. There have been increases in the percentage of students achieving “very good to excellent” in a variety of important areas:
- By the end of Grade 4 - from 58% to 63%
- By the end of Grade 8 - from 51% to 60%
- By the end of Grade 4 - from 34% to 36%
- By the end of Grade 8 - from 36% to 48%
Math Problem Solving:
- By the end of Grade 4 - from 40% to 43%
- By the end of Grade 8 - from 43% to 49%
Read stories about academic success from across the Division online:
Academic Achievement in LRSD