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New school rankings!

The Fraser Institute school ranking have been released and Pleasant Park PS has moved up the scale considerably!

Congrats!

I am not a huge fan of these rankings (nor of the Fraser Institute.. in fact, everything else they publish outside of these rankings is little more than drivel), but I do think there is some real analytical value in the period over period trends.

Read a previous post I wrote on the value of these rankings.

You can find the Pleasant Park profile here

Here are the rankings for the OCDSB Elementary schools.

As a sidenote, I wonder how the FI determines the “trend”. In theory, PPPS should have an upward triangle beside it…

2010-11 Rank Rank in the most recent five years Trend School Name City 2010-11 Rating Rating in the most recent five years Schools found: 31
119/2695 288/2283 Mutchmor Ottawa 8.7 7.7 Add to compare
159/2695 332/2283 Trend up Hopewell Avenue Ottawa 8.5 7.6 Add to compare
281/2695 176/2283 Devonshire Ottawa 8.1 8.1 Add to compare
281/2695 374/2283 Trend up Adrienne Clarkson Ottawa 8.1 7.5 Add to compare
313/2695 249/2283 Broadview Ottawa 8.0 7.8 Add to compare
479/2695 83/2283 Woodroffe Avenue Ottawa 7.6 8.5 Add to compare
479/2695 249/2283 Elmdale Ottawa 7.6 7.8 Add to compare
479/2695 737/2283 Farley Mowat Ottawa 7.6 6.8 Add to compare
559/2695 249/2283 Trend down First Avenue Ottawa 7.4 7.8 Add to compare
606/2695 1124/2283 Pleasant Park Ottawa 7.3 6.2 Add to compare
780/2695 288/2283 Rockcliffe Park Ottawa 7.0 7.7 Add to compare
780/2695 864/2283 Trend up Lady Evelyn Alternative Ottawa 7.0 6.6 Add to compare
849/2695 737/2283 Churchill Alternative Ottawa 6.9 6.8 Add to compare
970/2695 621/2283 Fallingbrook Ottawa 6.7 7.0 Add to compare
1088/2695 925/2283 D. Roy Kennedy Ottawa 6.5 6.5 Add to compare
1088/2695 1488/2283 Trend up Alta Vista Ottawa 6.5 5.6 Add to compare
1150/2695 1540/2283 Robert Bateman Ottawa 6.4 5.5 Add to compare
1223/2695 1242/2283 Vincent Massey Ottawa 6.3 6.0 Add to compare
1370/2695 1750/2283 Trend up Manor Park Ottawa 6.1 5.0 Add to compare
1484/2695 796/2283 Dunlop Ottawa 5.9 6.7 Add to compare
1484/2695 1584/2283 Roberta Bondar Ottawa 5.9 5.4 Add to compare
1700/2695 1488/2283 Elgin Street Ottawa 5.5 5.6 Add to compare
1805/2695 1864/2283 Hawthorne Ottawa 5.3 4.7 Add to compare
2034/2695 1829/2283 Severn Avenue Ottawa 4.8 4.8 Add to compare
2544/2695 2120/2283 Trend down W.E. Gowling Ottawa 2.9 3.7 Add to compare
2551/2695 2138/2283 Trend down Charles H. Hulse Ottawa 2.8 3.6 Add to compare
2565/2695 2249/2283 Pinecrest Ottawa 2.7 2.3 Add to compare
2565/2695 n/a n/a Carleton Heights Ottawa 2.7 n/a Add to compare
2615/2695 2274/2283 Queen Mary Street Ottawa 2.0 1.5 Add to compare
2645/2695 2191/2283 Arch Street Ottawa 1.5 3.1 Add to compare
2661/2695 n/a n/a Centennial Ottawa 1.2 n/a Add to compare

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The Fraser Institute’s ranking of secondary schools

I have posted the rankings for the elementary schools in the OCDSB in a past entry and the same caveats apply.

Namely…

As a statistician, I do have some serious issues with rankings like these – much like the EQAO testing process itself – there is no context presented in order to interpret these numbers fully. Unknown are factors that can greatly influence a schools performance, like:

  • the percentage of students in ESL programs
  • proportion of special needs students
  • family income and household education
  • and others…

So, these rankings, while useful, must be looked at in the context of those other variables that may have a hand in determining the relative grades achieved in standardized tests. Please use them as one tool but not the only one if you feel so inclined to compare one school against another.

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Report cards for OCDSB schools – use with caution…

Here is how the OCDSB schools ranked according to the Fraser Institute school “report card” that was released on Friday.

As a statistician, I do have some serious issues with rankings like these – much like the EQAO testing process itself – there is no context presented in order to interpret these numbers fully. Unknown are factors that can greatly influence a schools performance, like:

  • the percentage of students in ESL programs
  • proportion of special needs students
  • family income and household education
  • and others…

The Fraser Institute says the following on their website:

By combining a variety of relevant, objective indicators of school performance into one easily accessible public web site, the school report cards allow teachers, parents, school administrators, students, and taxpayers to analyze and compare the academic performance of individual schools in an attempt to answer the question, “How are our schools doing?”.

Fine. Take this at face value, but the danger is that some parents will use tools like these as their ONLY basis of judgement about a particlar school. THAT is where I have a problem. Still, this is a tool that might be combined with others to help make decisions about the relative merits of one school over another. In that case, rankings like these can have some limited value.

Anyhow, here is the list. It would be interesting if someone organized these according to zone…

2009-10 Rank
Rank in the most recent five years School Name City 2009-10 Rating Rating in the most recent five years
1 44/2733 25/2327 Katimavik Elementary School Kanata 9.4 9.4
2 70/2733 107/2327 Knoxdale Public School Nepean 9.1 8.4
3 82/2733 514/2327
Hopewell Avenue Public School
Ottawa 9 7.2
4 99/2733 107/2327 Devonshire Community Public School Ottawa 8.9 8.4
5 122/2733 48/2327 Woodroffe Avenue Public School Ottawa 8.8 8.8
6 139/2733 171/2327 Briargreen Public School Nepean 8.7 8.1
7 229/2733 n/a Hilson Avenue Public School Ottawa 8.3 n/a
8 262/2733 n/a Osgoode Public School Osgoode 8.2 n/a
9 288/2733 292/2327 Elmdale Public School Ottawa 8.1 7.7
10 316/2733 142/2327 Stephen Leacock Public School Kanata 8 8.2
11 355/2733 n/a Steve MacLean Public School Gloucester 7.9 n/a
12 396/2733 259/2327 W.O. Mitchell Elementary School Kanata 7.8 7.8
13 423/2733 331/2327 Broadview Public School Ottawa 7.7 7.6
14 423/2733 411/2327 Adrienne Clarkson Elementary School Ottawa 7.7 7.4
15 423/2733 n/a Roch Carrier ES Kanata 7.7 n/a
16 459/2733 221/2327 Rockcliffe Park Public School Ottawa 7.6 7.9
17 459/2733 812/2327 Blossom Park Public School Gloucester 7.6 6.7
18 508/2733 1076/2327
Lady Evelyn Alternative School
Ottawa 7.5 6.3
19 552/2733 331/2327 Mutchmor Public School Ottawa 7.4 7.6
20 552/2733 331/2327 W. Erskine Johnston Public School Kanata 7.4 7.6
21 601/2733 142/2327
First Avenue Public School
Ottawa 7.3 8.2
22 601/2733 292/2327 Jack Donohue Public School Kanata 7.3 7.7
23 601/2733 567/2327 Castor Valley Elementary School Greely 7.3 7.1
24 601/2733 1137/2327 D. Roy Kennedy Public School Ottawa 7.3 6.2
25 601/2733 1208/2327
Terry Fox Elementary School
Orléans 7.3 6.1
26 767/2733 936/2327 Berrigan Elementary School Nepean 7 6.5
27 767/2733 1262/2327 Huntley Centennial Public School Carpion 7 6
28 767/2733 n/a Farley Mowat Public School Ottawa 7 n/a
29 828/2733 936/2327 John Young Elementary School Kanata 6.9 6.5
30 964/2733 567/2327 Fallingbrook Community Elementary School Ottawa 6.7 7.1
31 964/2733 1137/2327 Churchill Alternative School Ottawa 6.7 6.2
32 964/2733 1498/2327 Meadowlands Public School Nepean 6.7 5.6
33 1025/2733 873/2327 Castlefrank Elementary School Kanata 6.6 6.6
34 1025/2733 936/2327 Henry Larsen Elementary School Gloucester 6.6 6.5
35 1025/2733 936/2327 Roland Michener Public School Kanata 6.6 6.5
36 1025/2733 1324/2327 Vincent Massey Public School Ottawa 6.6 5.9
37 1114/2733 465/2327 Parkwood Hills Public School Nepean 6.5 7.3
38 1114/2733 1137/2327 Trillium Elementary School Orléans 6.5 6.2
39 1114/2733 1208/2327 Pleasant Park Public School Ottawa 6.5 6.1
40 1185/2733 1208/2327 A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School Stittsville 6.4 6.1
41 1185/2733 2009/2327
Severn Avenue Public School
Ottawa 6.4 4.3
42 1244/2733 1983/2327
Manor Park Public School
Ottawa 6.3 4.4
43 1244/2733 n/a South March Public School Kanata 6.3 n/a
44 1358/2733 873/2327 Stonecrest Elementary School Woodlawn 6.1 6.6
45 1358/2733 1208/2327 Maple Ridge Elementary School Orléans 6.1 6.1
46 1476/2733 1262/2327 Leslie Park Public School Nepean 5.9 6
47 1476/2733 1498/2327 Bridlewood Community Elementary School Kanata 5.9 5.6
48 1601/2733 567/2327 Orleans Wood Elementary School Gloucester 5.7 7.1
49 1601/2733 1389/2327 Sawmill Creek Elementary School Gloucester 5.7 5.8
50 1601/2733 1607/2327 Alta Vista Public School Ottawa 5.7 5.4
51 1674/2733 1549/2327 Elgin Street Public School Ottawa 5.6 5.5
52 1674/2733 n/a Avalon Public School Orléans 5.6 n/a
53 1794/2733 936/2327 Century Public School Nepean 5.4 6.5
54 1846/2733 1549/2327 Greely Elementary School Greely 5.3 5.5
55 1889/2733 1652/2327 Robert Bateman Public School Ottawa 5.2 5.3
56 1889/2733 n/a Centennial Public School Ottawa 5.2 n/a
57 1944/2733 1778/2327 Roberta Bondar Public School Ottawa 5.1 5
58 1944/2733 n/a Dunning-Foubert Elementary School Orléans 5.1 n/a
59 1987/2733 567/2327 Dunlop Public School Ottawa 5 7.1
60 1987/2733 n/a York Street Public School Ottawa 5 n/a
61 2098/2733 1778/2327 Riverview Alternative School Ottawa 4.7 5
62 2098/2733 n/a Cambridge Street Community Public School Ottawa 4.7 n/a
63 2316/2733 1607/2327
Manordale Public School
Nepean 4.1 5.4
64 2356/2733 2009/2327 Hawthorne Public School Ottawa 4 4.3
65 2414/2733 2113/2327 Charles H. Hulse Public School Ottawa 3.8 3.9
66 2434/2733 1954/2327 Elizabeth Park Public School Gloucester 3.7 4.5
67 2477/2733 1778/2327 Heritage Public School Navan 3.5 5
68 2492/2733 2191/2327 W.E. Gowling Public School Ottawa 3.4 3.5
69 2509/2733 n/a Queen Elizabeth Public School Ottawa 3.3 n/a
70 2618/2733 2223/2327 Connaught Public School Ottawa 2.5 3.2
71 2618/2733 2305/2327
Robert E. Wilson Public School
Vanier 2.5 2.1
72 2633/2733 2147/2327 Arch Street Public School Ottawa 2.4 3.8
73 2639/2733 2320/2327 Queen Mary Street Public School Ottawa 2.3 1.4
74 2720/2733 2307/2327 Pinecrest Public School Ottawa 0.4 2

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