The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

May 08, 2008 12:00 ET

Media Advisory: Fraser Institute to Release Popular Report Card on BC Secondary Schools on Friday May 9

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 8, 2008) - The Fraser Institute will release its much anticipated Report Card on Secondary Schools in British Columbia and Yukon: 2008 Edition on Friday, May 9 at 6 am (Pacific).

The Report Card on Secondary Schools in British Columbia and Yukon: 2008 Edition rates 298 public and private secondary schools from across British Columbia and the Yukon using seven key indicators of school performance based on the results of province-wide tests provided by the BC Ministry of Education.

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

To make comparisons easier and more meaningful, the Fraser Institute report card includes information on the individual and family characteristics of the students that can influence learning such as the average education level of the parents of a school's students, the percentage of ESL students attending a school, and the percentage of special needs students.

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 9.

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, 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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