The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

March 06, 2009 10:00 ET

Media Advisory: Fraser Institute's Report Card on Alberta Elementary School Performance to Be Released Sunday, March 8

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 6, 2009) - The Fraser Institute will release its Report Card on Alberta's Elementary Schools 2009 on Sunday, March 8 at 7 a.m. (Mountain).

This annual report is the only publication of its kind to analyze relevant, publicly available data to rate and rank 715 of Alberta's public, private, separate, and charter elementary schools.

In addition to the average test results for each school, the report card includes the percentage of tests written by students who failed to meet provincial education ministry expectations, and details on whether the school's performance is improving or declining over time. The report card also includes data on the number of ESL, special needs, and French immersion students at each school and the average family income of the parents of the school's students to provide some context within which to analyze each school's results.

A news release with additional information will be issued via Marketwire on Sunday, March 8.

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

Peter Cowley, Director of School Performance Studies for The Fraser Institute and author of the report card will be in Calgary and available to provide comment to the media on Sunday, March 8 and Monday, March 9.

There will be special coverage of the Report Card's rankings and individual school results in weekend editions of the Calgary Herald and Edmonton Sun newspapers.

NOTE: Peter Cowley will be in Calgary and available for media interviews Sunday, March 8 and Monday, March 9.

The Fraser Institute is an independent research and educational organization with locations across North America and partnerships in more than 70 countries. 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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