Data was collected to compare student learning paces now versus the nearly two years of virtual learning practices implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic.
WEYBURN — It’s hard to argue against data-driven insights, so when a few administrators from the South East Cornerstone Public School Division deliver compelling conclusions about students’ academic well-being, the facts are digested and enjoyed by the public. governing body of the division.
How are our students doing? was the title given to a data presentation to members of the Cornerstone Board of Directors on June 15 during the regular open business meeting.
Data and comments were provided by Deputy Director of Education Keith Keating, who replaces outgoing Director Lynn Little, and Aaron Hiske, Superintendent of Education.
Data was collected to compare student learning paces now versus the nearly two years of virtual learning practices that were to be implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hiske explained that the early years apprenticeship charts placed in front of the council members were in three tiers and included the very early years up to age eight and nine.
He highlighted the relative consistency of learning trajectories, even with the challenges posed by the pandemic.
The reading and math skill sets of students in grades 1-9 were still well established, as were most of the general curriculum subjects in this crucial area from grades 1-3.
“We’re seeing a full level of growth,” said Keating, who pointed out that the data collected also recognizes those who are progressing above grade levels.
Keating added that he felt the overall results were positive given what students and educators had been through.
The data collected “allows us to pinpoint areas where a child may need help,” Hiske said, noting that while some students may show a level of reading and math comprehension that’s a little below expectations, “it doesn’t doesn’t mean they end up staying there. It’s all about growth,” Hiske said. showed a pretty clear path to success.
“There was no significant decline from the pre-pandemic data we had,” Keating added. This was important as there were all sorts of adverse conditions to react to and overcome along the way before the final months of relatively normal classroom activities.
Using this series of charts and tables, the two administrators indicated areas where some students would need additional supports, but overall the results were encouraging.
“It will be interesting to see where we are next fall,” Hiske said.
Keating said there had been four test sectors, with the result of three of them now tabulated in the crucial literacies and calculations up to grade 9, and the results of the fourth level completed in mid- April will be known soon.
Both admitted that there was still work to be done in terms of the crucial elements they needed to complete a full report and that the teachers were leading the final report card environments.
Hiske added that educational outcomes for First Nations Treaty Studies have also been introduced as part of the data collection process, with Cornerstone only the second division in the province to take the first steps in this important area. .
They said this was their first attempt to collect data on treaty education topics and at first they were unsure what areas to focus on, but based on the current assessment, approximately 80% of youth were meeting or meeting expectations for treaty promises. , arrangements and relationships.
“This data shows us where we are doing well and targets areas that need more attention and where we need to focus next year,” Keating said.
The final results of the students will come in the form of resit exams, traditional exams or special projects.
It has been noted that some students have not written an exam paper for three years, but assurances have been given that teacher assessments have not faltered, and there are optional pathways which are approved by the Ministry of Education to prove a student’s success rate.