Peter Cowley

Director, School Performance Studies, Fraser Institute

Peter Cowley is Director of School Performance Studies at the Fraser Institute. He has a B.Comm. from the University of British Columbia (1974). In 1994, Mr Cowley independently wrote and published The Parent's Guide, a popular handbook for parents of British Columbia's secondary-school students. The Parent's Guide web site replaced the handbook in 1995. In 1998, Mr Cowley was co-author of the Fraser Institute's A Secondary Schools Report Card for British Columbia, the first of the Institute's continuing series of annual reports on school performance. This was followed in by The 1999 Report Card on British Columbia's Secondary Schools, Boys, Girls, and Grades: Academic Gender Balance in British Columbia's Secondary Schools, and The 1999 Report Card on Alberta's High Schools. Since then, Mr Cowley has co-authored all of the Institute's annual Report Cards. Annual editions now include Report Cards on elementary and secondary schools in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario and on secondary schools in Quebec.

Recent Research by Peter Cowley

— Dec 4, 2016
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Report Card on Ontario's Elementary Schools 2016

The Report Card on Ontario’s Elementary Schools 2016 ranks 2,900 public and Catholic schools (and a small number of independent schools) based on nine academic indicators from results of annual provincewide reading, writing and math tests. It finds that despite overall declining math scores in Ontario, some schools have maintained high levels of student success. The 25 English-language schools with the best four-year average math scores include 15 public schools, six independent schools and four Catholic schools located across the province.

— Oct 29, 2016
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Report Card on Quebec's Secondary Schools 2016

The Report Card on Quebec’s Secondary Schools 2016 ranks 459 public, private, Francophone and Anglophone schools based largely on results from provincewide tests in French, English, science, mathematics and history. It finds that 44 secondary schools in the province—34 of them public—have improved their performance over the past five years.

— Aug 18, 2016
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Report Card on British Columbia’s Secondary Schools 2016

The Report Card on British Columbia's Secondary Schools 2016 ranks 294 public and independent secondary schools based on seven academic indicators using student results from annual provincewide exams, grade-to-grade transition rates and graduation rates. In addition to five years of academic results, the report card shows which B.C. secondary schools have improved, or fallen behind, based on the academic indicators derived from provincewide test results, grade-to-grade transition, and graduation rates.