The Fraser Institute has put together a list of the top schools in Alberta and three of those are in Edmonton.
Speaking on the Alberta Morning News, the Fraser Institute’s Peter Cowley says the rankings are a report card of five years of data that give several indicators of school performance.
“There are contextual indicators where you get a whole bunch of information that allows you to finally have some data that isn’t common to everybody. This is not data that the principal has that maybe he shares and maybe he doesn’t. This is a data that everyone has and there’s five years of it and it shows improvement or decline,” says Cowley.
Cowley says there used to more data for them to pull from when they compile their report cards, but that was limited when the previous provincial government got rid of provincial achievement tests.
“We hope that any ministry of education, regardless of political stripe of the party in power, will understand that these data and making them public are extraordinarily important because they enable people, whoever wants to, to compare one school to another.”
While Calgary holds seven of the top 10 school spots on the 2014/2015 list, this year, Edmonton’s Mount Pleasant ranks at the top spot.
In the past, school boards have said these rankings only offer a snapshot and don’t show the whole story of each school.