Achievements

Rocky View Schools' Accountability Pillar

Rocky View Schools (RVS) is witnessing high levels of satisfaction with the implementation of its 2011- 2015 Four Year Plan, having achieved, as its baseline, an 80 percent or higher degree of satisfaction in 13 out of 15 outcome areas. Outcome areas that have met RVS’ desired target of 90 percent or better include "learning is generative, responsive, and multi-dimensional", with the outcomes "learners use digital technologies to enhance learning", and "instructional design enriches the learning environment" within two percent of reaching RVS' target.

Student Satisfaction

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The majority of student results are within one to three percent of the previous year’s results. Agreement that “I use my class’ online learning resources (i.e. Moodle, School Website) after school is done to help me learn” showed the largest improvement, climbing by 4 percent and 10 percent from two years ago. Survey areas meeting RVS’ target of 90 percent or greater include: feeling welcome at school, teachers help me when I need it, having access to quality technology to support my learning, having the chance to be involved in different activities in my school, and taking personal responsibility for my learning. Survey areas well within reach of meeting RVS’ 90 percent target (87-89%) include: feeling safe at school, feeling cared for by staff, using technologies at school helps me do my school work better, and knowing how I learn. Respect of peers, both at school and on the bus, building career plans and feeling inspired by teachers remain areas for continued growth.

Parent Satisfaction

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Parent satisfaction results remain relatively strong, with the majority of results within one to three percent of the previous year. Twelve (12) survey areas have met or exceeded RVS’ target of 90 percent: feeling welcomed at the school, having opportunities for involvement, ensuring the school offers a safe and caring environment, building respectful relationships, maintaining fair treatment of students, helping students to become good citizens who are environmentally conscious, enhancing learning through the use of technology, employing authentic learning experiences, and ensuring students feel safe on the bus.  Five result areas on the cusp of reaching 90 percent (87-89%) include: opportunities to be involved in decision-making, ensuring students are learning to become self-directed and critical, creative and complex thinkers, extending learning beyond the school day through the use of technologies, and ensuring discipline and rules on the bus are fair. Two measures related to parent and student understanding of assessment practices decreased by four or more percent – most likely a reflection of the introduction of RVS’ new Communication of Student Learning Initiative, but an area demanding close monitoring and attention.

Staff Satisfaction

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The majority of staff satisfaction results remain within one to three percent of the previous years’ results with 29 out of 55 questions revealing satisfaction of 90 percent or higher. The largest increases pertained to “support services received through learning specialists/support services/community agencies, if required” and “respectful relationships are encouraged amongst all staff and/or students”, which both climbed three percent over the previous year. The percentage of staff members satisfied with the appreciation they receives at the jurisdiction level for their contributions is an area for further improvement with only 67 percent satisfaction rate.

Drop-Out Rate/High School Completion

Receiving “Excellence” standings on Alberta Education’s APORI Summary, RVS’ drop-out rate is 2.0 in comparison to the provincial average of 3.3 percent. A greater number of RVS students also are completing high school, in fact 9.8 percent more than the province for a total of 84.7 percent.

Rutherford Scholarships

Sixty-two point eight (62.8%) percent of RVS high school students are receiving a Rutherford Scholarship for earning 75 percent or more on five high school courses.

APORI Satisfaction Rates

In 2013/14, slight decreases of 1 to 2 percent were witness in all APORI satisfaction survey measures, which focus on safe and caring schools, access to the program of studies, education quality, citizenship, parental involvement, and school improvement.

Diploma Exams

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Rocky View Schools’ results met or exceeded provincial standards in 5 out of 11 diploma exams at the acceptable level (85%) and in 7 out of 11 exams at the excellence level (15%). In comparison to their provincial counterparts, RVS students also surpassed or were equal to their provincial counterpart’s performance in 8 out of 11 exams at the acceptable level and in 4 out of 11 exams at the excellence level. Outstanding performance was witnessed in Social 30-2, Math 30-1, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30 and Science 30, where Rocky View students exceeded provincial expectations at the excellence level by greater than 5 to 10 percent. Student performance also was exceptional at the acceptable level in the subject areas of English 30-1, English 30-2, French LA 30 Social 30-2, where levels were greater than 90 percent. Despite this success, RVS students continue to be under represented  at the excellence standard in the subject areas of English 30-1, French LA 30, and Social 30-1.

Diploma Participation Rate

Fifty one point three (51.3%) percent of Rocky View high school students are writing four or more diploma exams within three years of entering Grade 10. These results mark a dramatic decrease over the previous year of 62 percent, but are attributed to the 2013 Southern Alberta floods, which disrupted testing schedules

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