The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development releases Reports on Achievement annually to inform families and the public about student performance on curricular outcomes and their standing against targets of the provincial education plan. Standardized assessments are important because they provide valid and reliable provincial standards against which student performance can be evaluated.
Unfortunately, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the provincial assessment program was put on hold for the 2019-20 school year.
I am happy to share that Grade 9 students in the anglophone sector were still able to participate in the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) prior to the closure of schools. Literacy skills are essential for success in all areas of life. This assessment is a checkpoint for individual students to ensure they are equipped with the basic reading skills they require to successfully participate in society. The data the assessments provide helps us determine the education system’s overall success in meeting student learning needs. They also provide feedback on provincial, district, school and individual levels.
We will continue to work to improve literacy skills to ensure our children are competitive in the future and prepared to contribute their best to society.
We are committed to building a world-class education system. To achieve this goal, we must understand where there are opportunities for our students to thrive and position them for long-term achievement.
Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development