MONTREAL, QC-Nine of the 10 fastest improving schools in
Quebec are public schools, according to the 2007 edition of the
Report Card on Quebec's Secondary Schools, released today by The Fraser Institute and Montreal Economic Institute, two independent research organizations.
The annual report card collects a variety of objective
indicators of school performance into one easily accessible,
public document that allows parents, school administrators,
teachers, students, and taxpayers to analyze the academic
performance of students at individual schools and also to
compare each school's results with those of other schools. The
Trends indicator shows whether a school's results have improved
or deteriorated over the past five years.
Among the top 10 fastest improving schools are schools serving
families with relative low income levels, schools with a high
proportion of special needs students, and schools that have
climbed in the ratings from near zero levels just a few years
"These fast improving schools are an inspiration to other
schools across Quebec. Their performance clearly shows that
improvement is possible regardless of the challenges that the
school's students face or of the historical levels of
achievement that the school has experienced," said Tasha
Kheiriddin, The Fraser Institute's Directrice, Quebec et la
The Report Card also identifies schools that show
statistically significant decline in their results over the
past five years. By bringing this decline to the attention of
everyone interested in the school, the report card can help to
stop the downward trend.
"Comparing performance between schools encourages competition
and that leads to overall improvement," said Paul Muller,
President of the Montreal Economic Institute.
"Declines like these call for immediate action to improve
and parents, teachers, and administrators should all be aware
of the schools' improvement plans and the part that each must
play in them," said Peter Cowley, The Fraser Institute's
Director of School Performance Studies and co-author of the
Low-income schools achieving superior
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also shows that schools with students coming from lower-income
households can achieve good results, as measured both by the
Value Added Indicator and the overall rating. Value Added is an
estimate of the school's contribution to its overall rating out
of 10. It is calculated by subtracting the estimated effects of
socio-economic conditions (whether positive or negative) and of
the personal characteristics of students (such as late entry)
from the school's overall performance.
Of the 105 schools in the lowest quarter based on parental
income, 25 achieved an «A» on the Value Added indicator. Among
these 25 schools, 16 scored higher than average on their
overall rating out of 10.
"We should applaud these schools. They have shown that good
academic results aren't found only in rich neighbourhoods,"
said Marcel Boyer, Vice-president of the Montreal Economic
Institute and co-author of the Report Card.
Interactive, web-based report card makes detailed
Easy comparisons of the performance of different schools can be
made using the
Bulletin interactif des écoles secondaires du Québec
, an interactive web-based tool available online at
that lets parents, teachers, and school and district
administrators review a school's academic performance based on
overall school ratings or detailed, course-by-course student
results. The schools' results are presented instantly in an
easy to read, full-colour chart clearly illustrating how the
school is doing. Each chart includes up to 12 years of
historical data showing how the school performs over time.
The interactive version of the report card is available
The Report Card Series
The Fraser Institute publishes annual report cards on
secondary schools in British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec. It
also publishes annual report cards on elementary schools in
British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. The Report Card on
Quebec's Secondary Schools was first published in 2000.