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October 25, 2007 06:00 ET

The Fraser Institute and Montreal Economic Institute: Report Card on Quebec Schools Shows Nine of the Top 10 Fastest Improving Schools Are Public

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 25, 2007) - Nine of the 10 fastest improving schools in Quebec are public schools, according to the 2007 edition of the Report Card on Quebec's Secondary Schools, released today by The Fraser Institute and Montreal Economic Institute, two independent research organizations.

The annual report card collects a variety of objective indicators of school performance into one easily accessible, public document that allows parents, school administrators, teachers, students, and taxpayers to analyze the academic performance of students at individual schools and also to compare each school's results with those of other schools. The Trends indicator shows whether a school's results have improved or deteriorated over the past five years.

Among the top 10 fastest improving schools are schools serving families with relative low income levels, schools with a high proportion of special needs students, and schools that have climbed in the ratings from near zero levels just a few years ago.



Top 10 fastest improving schools 2002 -- 2006: - (Listed from fastest
improving school at the top)
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Overall Overall
Rating Rating
School name School city Sector 2002 2006
Ecole secondaire Natagan Barraute public francophone 2.6 7.2
Ecole secondaire Duval Montreal prive francophone 0.0 4.0
Phoenix Alternative
School Laval public anglophone 1.2 4.7
Ecole Mont-Royal Mont-Royal public francophone 3.8 6.7
Ecole Boudreau Quebec public francophone 0.8 4.2
Richmond Regional High
School Richmond public anglophone 4.0 6.5
Westmount High School Westmount public anglophone 3.2 6.3
Pontiac Protestant High
School Shawville public anglophone 3.1 6.0
D'Arcy McGee High School Gatineau public anglophone 3.0 5.1
Polyvalente de Normandin Normandin public francophone 4.6 6.5


"These fast improving schools are an inspiration to other schools across Quebec. Their performance clearly shows that improvement is possible regardless of the challenges that the school's students face or of the historical levels of achievement that the school has experienced," Tasha Kheiriddin, The Fraser Institute's Directrice, Quebec et la Francophonie.

The Report Card also identifies schools that show statistically significant decline in their results over the past five years. By bringing this decline to the attention of everyone interested in the school, the report card can help to stop the downward trend.

"Comparing performance between schools encourages competition and that leads to overall improvement," said Paul Muller, President of the Montreal Economic Institute.



Top 10 fastest declining schools 2002 -- 2006: Listed from fastest
declining school at the top
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Overall Overall
Rating Rating
School name School city Sector 2002 2006
Ecole Sainte-Anne Daveluyville Public francophone 7.0 3.9
College Champagneur Rawdon Prive francophone 8.1 5.4
Ecole La Porte-du-Nord Chibougamau Public francophone 5.3 3.8
Ecole Honore-Mercier Montreal Public francophone 5.3 3.3
Polyvalente Armand-
Saint-Onge Amqui Public francophone 6.6 4.9
Ecole Louis-Joseph-
Papineau Montreal Public francophone 4.8 3.3
Ecole Saint-Maxime Laval Public francophone 6.4 4.6
Ecole internationale
Saint-Edmond Longueuil Public francophone 7.9 5.9
Ecole le Sommet Quebec Public francophone 6.3 4.4
Ecole secondaire La
Concorde Senneterre Public francophone 6.7 4.7


"Declines like these call for immediate action to improve and parents, teachers, and administrators should all be aware of the schools' improvement plans and the part that each must play in them," said Peter Cowley, The Fraser Institute's Director of School Performance Studies and co-author of the Report Card.

Low-income schools achieving superior results

The Bulletin des ecoles secondaires also shows that schools with students coming from lower-income households can achieve good results, as measured both by the Value Added Indicator and the overall rating. Value Added is an estimate of the school's contribution to its overall rating out of 10. It is calculated by subtracting the estimated effects of socio-economic conditions (whether positive or negative) and of the personal characteristics of students (such as late entry) from the school's overall performance.

Of the 105 schools in the lowest quarter based on parental income, 25 achieved an "A" on the Value Added indicator. Among these 25 schools, 16 scored higher than average on their overall rating out of 10.



Low-income schools that scored "A" on the Value Added Index and scored
above average on overall rating
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Average
Parental Value Overall
School Name City Sector Income ($) Added Rating
Seminaire Du Sacre- Greneville- Prive 46 100 A 9,1
Coeur sur la-rouge francophone
Ecole Riviere-Des- Notre-Dame- Public 45 900 A 7,5
Quinze du-Nord francophone
Ecole secondaire Saint-Marc- Public 45 400 A 7,4
Saint-Marc des-Carrieres francophone
Ecoles Musulmanes Montreal Prive 44 500 A 7,3
De Montreal francophone
(Campus secondaire)
Ecole secondaire Barraute Public 45 500 A 7,2
Natagan francophone
Ecole Joseph- Montreal Public 42 200 A 7,1
Francois- Perrault francophone
Ecole secondaire Saint-Tite Public 39 400 A 7,0
Paul-Le Jeune francophone
Ecole Saint-Luc Montreal Public 41 300 A 6,9
francophone
Ecole Louis-Cyr Napierville Public 46 700 A 6,7
francophone
Ecole polyvalente du Pohenegamook Public 46 500 A 6,6
Transcontinental francophone
Ecole polyvalente Chandler Public 36 600 A 6,6
Monseigneur Sevigny francophone
Polyvalente De Normandin Public 45 900 A 6,5
Normandin francophone
Ecole des deux- Matapedia Public 32 400 A 6,5
Rivieres et du francophone
Plateau (Saint-
Alexis)
Polyvalente Louis- East Angus Public 43 700 A 6,4
Saint- Laurent francophone
Ecole secondaire Montreal Public
Henri- Bourassa francophone 33 500 A 6,4
Ecole Antoine- Carleton Public
Bernard francophone 42 100 A 6,3


"We should applaud these schools. They have shown that good academic results aren't found only in rich neighbourhoods," said Marcel Boyer, Vice-president of the Montreal Economic Institute and coauthor of the Report Card.

Interactive, web-based report card makes detailed comparisons easy

Easy comparisons of the performance of different schools can be made using the Bulletin interactif des ecoles secondaires du Quebec, an interactive web-based tool available online at www.lactualite.com that lets parents, teachers, and school and district administrators review a school's academic performance based on overall school ratings or detailed, course-by-course student results. The schools' results are presented instantly in an easy to read, full-colour chart clearly illustrating how the school is doing. Each chart includes up to 12 years of historical data showing how the school performs over time. The complete rankings of the schools and detailed results (in PDF) can be viewed at www.fraserinstitute.org and at www.iedm.org. The interactive version of the report card is available online at www.lactualite-frasers.com/TargetMaker/targetmaker.aspx.

The Report Card Series

The Fraser Institute publishes annual report cards on secondary schools in British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec. It also publishes annual report cards on elementary schools in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. The Report Card on Quebec's Secondary Schools was first published in 2000.

The Fraser Institute is an independent research and educational organization based in Canada. 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.

The Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan research and educational institute. MEI is the product of a collaborative effort between Montreal-area academics, economists and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.iedm.org.

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