Chinook’s Edge School Division is succeeding in Safe and Caring initiatives, according to results published in Alberta Education’s annual Accountability Pillar report.
The division scored high in Safe and Caring questions on satisfaction surveys, and also tallied well in Education Quality, School Improvement and Citizenship.
The rate of Chinook’s Edge students who complete high school is at a division record of 81.1 per cent.
Board chair Colleen Butler said she’s proud of the high completion rates, which have risen steadily in recent years and surpassed the provincial average. The positive numbers, she feels, are a result of successful collaboration between staff, parents and students of each of the division’s schools.
Strong results in Safe and Caring data reflect the division’s commitment to nurturing positive relationships among staff, parents and students, she said.
The Accountability Pillar report also allowed division staff to see where improvement is needed.
While acceptable rates on diploma exams are the highest they’ve been in five years, staff are aiming to increase the number of students who achieve levels of excellence.
Several strategies are in place to do so, according to Superintendent Kurt Sacher.
Improving that rate from the current 15.6 per cent to keep up with the 21 per cent provincial average is important, he said, and will involve individual growth plans for each members of the division’s staff, increased collaboration and targeted supports.
“This division’s commitment to serving our students is creating great success and we are very pleased with the work being accomplished in our schools,” he said in a media release. “The cycle of learning in Chinook’s Edge is highly successful and shows continuous improvement across many categories.”
The Accountability Pillar was created as a means of measuring success in schools, and to allow school authorities an insight into their divisions’ progress and potential and areas of improvement.
Chinook’s Edge results in their entirety are available on the division’s website at www.chinooksedge.ab.ca.