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Fraser Institute releases secondary school rankings

May 01 2012

The Fraser Institute released its controversial rankings of B.C. secondary schools Monday.

The institute touts the rankings as a way for parents, school administrators and students to compare school performance.

"Parents use the report card's indicator values, ratings and rankings to compare schools when they choose an education provider for their children," the report says. "Parents and school administrators use the results to identify areas of academic performance in which improvement can be made."

Critics say the rankings pit public schools against private schools unfairly, undermine confidence in the public school system and fail to reflect the system's many complexities and the impact of socio-economic factors.

"I think it's a useless exercise and one that should be largely ignored in my opinion," Saanich Teachers' Association president Sean Hayes said Monday. "It's such a very, very small piece of a very big and complex picture." The 2012 report rates 280 public and independent secondary schools in B.C. and the Yukon using data from provincial exams. Sooke's Edward Milne Community School and Lake Cowichan Secondary on Vancouver Island were listed among the fastest-improving schools.

A link to the results can be found at www.fraserinstitute.org.

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