Government of New Brunswick
Reports on Achievement 2020-2021

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2021-2022 Minister's Message

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development releases reports on achievement results annually to inform families and the public about student performance on curricular outcomes and their standing against the targets of the provincial education plan. Skills are assessed in English and French reading, scientific literacy, and mathematics. These assessments are important because they provide valid and reliable provincial standards against which system performance can be evaluated. In 2021-22, administration of provincial assessments resumed after several were paused during the previous two years in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participation in nearly all assessments remained steady.

We are again encouraged by the results even after two years of disruptions caused by the pandemic.  Overall, there have been few significant changes from the previous year, though indicators point to greater negative impacts on literacy development of younger students. We are pleased about the return of the Scientific Literacy Assessments after pauses due to disruptions caused by the pandemic. Seventy per cent of our Grade 4 students and 64 per cent of Grade 6 students were successful. This is in line with previous results.

While academic results were better than expected, indicators of mental wellness remain of concern. While 48 per cent of students in Grades 6-12 reported spending three or more hours/day on social media, 30 per cent felt lonely most or all of the time; 50 per cent reported symptoms of anxiety, and 46 per cent reported symptoms of depression. Despite this, connections with people at school remain in place. For example, 81 per cent of students in Grades 6-12 felt their teachers like them and care about them and 75 per cent feel close to people at their school. We are also very encouraged that 89 per cent of students indicate they believe learning new things is important and 85 per cent feel they can succeed at school.

Systematic updates to the provincial assessment program were also continued. Goals of these changes include providing precise data for more educators, measuring essential skills required by students, and ensuring our education system is preparing students well for their futures.  This past year, all provincial assessments were delivered online. Once fully mature, this mode will permit demonstration of skills not easily evaluated with paper-based tests and will better engage students through varied question types, video, audio, interactivity, and adaptive testing.

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. 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.



Dominic Cardy
Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development


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