Low student participation in school sports
A survey conducted in local schools determined that Grand Erie is below the national average for student participation in school sports.
The Our Schools Survey, completed by every school between November 2016 and January 2017, relates to student outcomes and school climate in Grades 4 to 12.
When questioned by trustee Greg Anderson at a recent board meeting, superintendent of education Wayne Baker said the lower participation in sports may be due, in part, to the number of rural schools in the board. Baker also said it could be timing because the survey was competed at the beginning of the year.
Anderson also noted that Grand Erie schools were above the national average for the number of elementary and secondary students experiencing moderate or high levels of anxiety.
Baker said the scores are aggregate and pointed out that some schools scored very low in this area. He said it is important for schools to review the scores and respond.
Baker said advocacy at school and positive teacher-student relations are higher than the national average, indicating students are finding support.
Trustee David Dean said he is disappointed in the low participation rate of students in school clubs. He felt a reduction in arts programs may be contributing to that issue.
Mixed testing results
The Grand Erie District School Board will continue its work to boost student performance on provincial testing after the latest mixed results.
The results for Grade 3 testing show that 64 per cent of students met or exceeded the provincial standard in reading, up one per cent from 2016; 61 per cent met or exceeded the provincial standard in writing, down three per cent from 2016; and 49 per cent met or exceeded the provincial standard in math, down from 51 per cent in 2016.
Results for Grade 6 show 74 per cent of students met or exceeded the standard, the same as the previous year; 69 per cent met or exceeded the standard in writing, down one per cent from 2016; and 40 per cent met or exceeded the standard in math, up one per cent from 2016.
Sixty-eight per cent of students passed the Grade 10 Literary Test, a requirement for graduation, down from 70 per cent in 2016.
On the Grade 9 provincial math test, 49 per cent met the standard, down from 50 per cent in 2016.