Student scores exceed provincial average

Students in grades 4 and 7 in the Kamloops-Thompson school district are doing better than the provincial average

Kamloops This Week

This year’s Foundations Skills Assessment results show students in grades 4 and 7 in the Kamloops-Thompson school district are doing better than the provincial average.

In a report going to board of education trustees on Monday, the percentage of students meeting or exceeding expectations (with provincial averages in brackets) showed Grade 4 reading at 78 per cent (67 per cent), writing at 82 per cent (69 percent) and numeracy at 70 per cent (64 per cent).

At the Grade 7 level, reading was 76 per cent (63 per cent), writing at 86 per cent (70 per cent) and numeracy at 70 per cent (58 per cent).

Greater differences can be found by looking at the district’s aboriginal students, compared to the provincial aboriginal results.

In Grade 4 reading, the district reports 64 per cent (49 per cent), writing is 74 per cent (51 per cent) and numeracy is 59 per cent (43 per cent).

At the Grade 7 level, the results are reading at 63 per cent (45 per cent), writing at 80 per cent (53 per cent) and numeracy at 57 per cent (34 per cent).

Districtwide, the above results are more closely aligned with figures generated by the 2014 tests.

At the Grade 4 level, reading remained the same, writing increased one per cent and numeracy dropped five per cent.

At the Grade 7 level, reading dropped four per cent while writing and numeracy remained the same.

The gender breakout showed differences, as well. At the Grade 4 level, male students had a 77 per cent success rate while females were one per cent higher. In writing, females were at 87 per cent, compared to 78 per cent for males.

In numeracy, male students had the higher rating at 72 per cent, compared to female students at 67 per cent.

At the Grade 7 level, female students were at 79 per cent for reading, eight per cent higher than male students.

They were at 93 per cent for writing, compared to 77 per cent for males and in numeracy, they were at 72 per cent, compared to 66 per cent for male students.