Elk Island Public School (EIPS) students scored very well on their diploma exams for the 2016-2017 school year.
 
According to Alberta Education's Diploma Examination Results report, 86 per cent of students achieved the acceptable standard on all diploma examinations, 23 per cent hit the standard of excellence.
 
“We’re thrilled with the results released by Alberta Education,” said Trina Boymook, the board chair of EIPS. “Most of our results are higher than the provincial averages and are a clear indication we’re offering our students the right supports and tools needed for them to achieve the best possible educational outcomes. I applaud all of our students, teachers, staff, parents and communities.”
 
In eight out of 11 subject-area diploma examinations, EIPS students exceeded the provincial averages at the acceptable standard and more than half exceeded the provincial averages at the standard of excellence. Particularly impressive, are the number of students who achieved the acceptable standard in the various courses such as French Language Arts, English 30-1, English 30-2 and Physics 30. Similarly, 45 per cent of students in Physics 30, 41 per cent of students in Chemistry 30 and 34 per cent of students in Biology 30 achieved the standard of excellence category—all exceeding the provincial averages.
 
Standard of excellence refers to students who demonstrate a mastery of the core subject material. Acceptable Standard refers to students who demonstrate an understanding of the subject material.
 
“Year over year, EIPS students score quite well on the diploma examinations both at the Acceptable Standard and the Standard of Excellence,” added Boymook. “This year, we’re even seeing slightly higher scores in our overall diploma results. In the coming weeks, we’ll analyze the results in detail to identify areas we can work on so students continue to achieve at high levels.”
 
Final course marks for the 2016-17 school year were determined by blending 30 per cent of the diploma exam mark with 70 per cent of the school-awarded grades.
 
All EIPS principals review individual school results and share them with their staff and school communities. The results are also compiled and used to guide each school’s education plans and the division’s Annual Education Results Report.

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