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Fraser Institute ranks Alberta elementary schools in annual report

The Fraser Institute's Report Card on Alberta's Elementary Schools 2015 ranks 813 public, separate, francophone, private and charter schools from across the province.

35 per cent of schools showing 'significant improvement' are in Edmonton and Calgary

Mount Pleasant in Edmonton and the Calgary French & International School tied for top spot in the Fraser Institute report. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

Elementary school across Alberta were given their report card this week.

The Fraser Institute released their Report Card on Alberta's Elementary Schools 2015 on Saturday.

The reports ranks 813 public, separate, francophone, private and charter schools from across the province. Their findings are based on seven academic indicators derived from province-wide exam results.

Fraser Institute spokesman Peter Cowley says one of the most important indicators in the survey highlights schools that have shown the most improvement over the last five years.

Of the 52 most-improved schools in Alberta, 35 per cent are in Calgary and Edmonton. Mount Pleasant in Edmonton and the Calgary French & International School tied for top spot in the report but Cowley says the most notable score is from a small town in southern Alberta. 

The school in the village of Dutchess, near Brooks, made a remarkable improvement. In 2010, it was ranked a dismal 2.2 on a 10 point scale. Last year, it raised that score up to 8 out of 10. 

"Why that has happened, we just don't know,"Cowley said. "But it's sure something educators, superintendents, ministry officials, all those folks who are interested in improving the education of Alberta's youngsters, they should all be asking that question."

The top 10 fastest improving schools:

  1. Duchess/Duchess. Public.
  2. Buffalo Head Prairie/Buffalo Head Prairie. Public.
  3. Guy Weadick/Calgary. Public.
  4. Holy Cross/Cold Lake. Separate
  5. Belvedere/Edmonton. Public.
  6. Sweet Grass/Edmonton. Public.
  7. John A. McDougall/Edmonton. Public.
  8. Hazeldean/Edmonton. Public.
  9. Grandin/Edmonton. Separate.
  10. Greenview/Edmonton. Public.

To view all of the rankings, visit the website.

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