The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

May 01, 2008 13:00 ET

Media Advisory: Fraser Institute to Release Popular Report Card on BC Elementary Schools on Friday May 2

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 1, 2008) - The Fraser Institute will release its Report Card on British Columbia's Elementary Schools: 2008 Edition on Friday, May 2 at 6 am (Pacific).

This annual report analyzes relevant, publicly available data to rate and rank 981 public and private elementary schools from across British Columbia based on 10 key indicators using data from province-wide FSA testing provided by the BC Ministry of Education. Among these indicators is one that shows the percentage of students at each school who wrote the FSA tests in 2007 and failed to meet provincial standards.

The Fraser Institute report card also includes useful information on the individual and family characteristics of the students that can influence learning.

The report card provides parents with information that they can't easily get anywhere else, allowing them to track trends at a school over a number of years and compare the performance of one school within their neighbourhood to other schools.

A recent COMPAS poll found that 83 per cent of BC parents support the use of province-wide test results to compare schools, with more than 70 per cent of parents supporting the Ministry of Education's province-wide testing policy.

A news release with additional information about the report card and the data it contains will be issued via Marketwire on Friday, May 2.

The full text of the Report Card including detailed results for all the schools will be available for download as PDFs on www.fraserinstitute.org.

There will be special coverage of the Fraser Institute report card's rankings and individual school results in the Friday editions of the Vancouver Sun and Victoria Times Colonist.

The Fraser Institute is an independent research and educational organization with offices in Calgary, Montreal, Tampa, Toronto, and Vancouver. 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.

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