High School Students Continue to Improve in Exams

Newfoundland and Labrador’s high school students have registered overall performance gains in public exam courses.

“High school students in our province are making the grade in public exams,” said Tom Hedderson, Minister of Education. “The results are in, and, in general, students performed better in 2005 than in 2004. The overall pass rate for all high school courses was 91 per cent and it was 90 per cent for public examination courses. This compares with 90 per cent and 89 per cent in 2004, respectively”

There is evidence of a pattern of improved results, said the minister. “We are encouraged that students continue to show progress in most high school subjects. Since public exams were reintroduced in 2001, there has been a general trend of improved learning in Newfoundland and Labrador. Educators throughout the province, who work so hard to promote learning, can be justifiably proud of their students’ achievement.”

Eleven courses had public exams. Exams were held in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Systems, English, Mathematics, Physics, World Geography, and World History (English and French). The most notable improvements were in Earth Systems and Mathematics where the percentage of passes increased substantially. Student performance in most other subjects was comparable to last year with average marks in the range of +/-2 per cent.

The public exam figures are not the only data that indicate the academic performance of Newfoundland and Labrador students is improving. The 2004 School Achievement Indicators Program (SAIP) science assessment results, which were released this past June, showed our province= s 16-year-olds are performing at the Canadian average in science. In 2003, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) showed tremendous gains for Newfoundland and Labrador’s students, on both a national and international level.

The following table presents the
percentage of passes and average marks for shared high school
evaluation courses for 2002-3, 2003-04 and 2004-05.

These data reflect final results
based on shared evaluation, whereby final marks are calculated based
on a blend of the school mark for the year (50% of calculation) and
the mark in the public examinations (50% of calculation). This
method of evaluation recognizes achievement in other aspects of
student learning that is more appropriately assessed at the
classroom level.

Course

Percentage of
Passes

Average Mark

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05


English 3201

78

92

94

57

65

65


French 3200

96

98

96

70

73

72


Academic Math 3204

71

75

81

58

60

62


Advanced Math 3205

91

95

98

70

74

76


Biology 3201

89

83

85

65

62

63


Chemistry 3202

90

90

89

68

68

66


Physics 3204

88

87

90

64

66

68


Earth Systems 3209

71

81

89

58

61

64


World History 3201

86

87

89

65

66

67


Histoire mondiale 3231

90

91

93

67

68

69


World Geography 3202

93

94

94

68

69

68


Français 3202

99

73

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