FREDERICTON (GNB) – The 2016-17 provincial assessment results are now available.

“Your government is pleased to see improvements in literacy, math and science at the elementary and middle school level in the anglophone sector and improvements in all levels in math, science and technology in the francophone sector,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “This speaks to the important work being done in our schools in connection with our 10-year education plans.”

Provincial assessments are done yearly for reading, writing, math, science and French. Results are provided to parents, schools and school districts. Teachers, administrators and school district staff use these results to target improvements and interventions in these subject areas.

For the first time in six years, there was an improvement in the Grade 2 reading assessment results in the anglophone sector.

“This is a significant change in the trend, and reflects the concerted efforts to improve literacy instruction and learning at that level in the past year,” said Kenny. “In the 2015-16 results there were concerns over the results in Grade 6 math, but due to the hard work of our teachers, historic investments in the education system and the 10-year education plans, the amount of students who experienced success has nearly doubled in 2016-17.”

In the francophone sector, literacy results are stable at the elementary level and slightly lower at the secondary level. The reading assessment is now given to Grade 3 students instead of Grade 4 students to ensure early intervention is done to better support students who are struggling in literacy.

Highlights from the 2016-17 results include:

Anglophone system

  • 75.7 per cent of Grade 2 anglophone students were successful on the provincial reading assessment (target is 90 per cent);
  • 63.2 per cent of Grade 6 anglophone students were successful on the provincial reading assessment (target is 90 per cent);
  • 80.5 per cent of Grade 9 anglophone students were successful on the provincial reading assessment (target is 90 per cent);

Francophone system

  • 76.6 per cent of Grade 2 francophone students were successful on the provincial oral reading assessment (target is 90 per cent);
  • 62.7 per cent of Grade 3 francophone students were successful on the provincial reading assessment (target is 90 per cent); and
  • 75.5 per cent of Grade 8 francophone students were successful on the mathematics assessment (target is 85 per cent).

“We realize that there is still work to be done to ensure that all of our students are successful,” said Kenny. “We feel we are on the right track and will continue to support our teachers and students. Results are moving in the right direction and the efforts in place will continue to have a positive impact on student learning.”

A performance management process will be used to establish objectives and track progress. Before the beginning of each school year, the department will work with school districts and key early childhood partners to develop an implementation plan for each sector, which will outline objectives for the year and how goals will be met. In turn, progress will be measured and accountability reports will be completed.

The government’s 10-year education plans aim to improve educational outcomes and better prepare young people for the future. They set objectives in priority areas to encourage students to become lifelong learners, create an inclusive learning environment, support educational leaders and bring stability to the system.