A new smartphone and tablet-friendly website will provide interactive information about student outcomes to make it easier for parents and students, as well as school districts, to understand and use information that will enhance education for students.
By this fall, information about individual schools will be available to give parents a better understanding about how their child’s school is doing across the district. Right now, access to measures of student success, such as grade to grade transitions, completion rates, foundation skills assessment results and other outcomes, in all districts is available to compare the data with the latest trends and provincial averages.
B.C. is the best jurisdiction in the world for providing this level of information to parents in a user-friendly format. Other potential future uses of the site will be to make a student’s report card and outstanding assignments accessible on a parent’s cell phone, as well as a student’s attendance history, and school schedule.
“British Columbia has a world-class education system, and ranks highly in international assessments,” said Education Minister Mike Bernier. “This new website provides vital insights into student outcomes to show not only how the system is performing, but also the areas where improvement is needed.”
On the website, school district by school district reports are now available in easy-to-read and interactive formats, giving parents a better understanding of their school district’s strengths and areas for continuous improvements, as well as B.C.’s education system as a whole.
Information contained in these reports also includes community and student demographics, post-secondary and career preparation, as well as student satisfaction.
“This website is both world-class and innovative,” said Teresa Rezansoff, president, BC School Trustees Association. “By providing parents and students with unprecedented insight into B.C.’s public education system, we will ensure informed decisions are made that support strong, positive student learning outcomes.”
“The Ministry of Education’s new web platform for indicators on student achievement is a welcome tool to make data available to parents and others interested in knowing how we are doing as a province or school district,” Tom Longridge, president, BC School Superintendents Association. “With its ease of access and use on any device, the ministry’s new web platform makes access to data easy and understandable, which is important as we monitor student success through educational transformation.”
“We are continuously adding to this site, and will provide rich and comprehensive school by school information in the near future,” added Bernier. “This is something that garners much attention, and we know parents want more information on their local schools.”
“The ministry’s new student data platform, easily accessible and mobile friendly, is an important step forward in helping parents and all citizens better understand the high level of student achievement in British Columbia,” said Kevin Reimer, president, BC Principals and Vice Principals’ Association. “Our public schools, led by principals and vice-principals, are among the best performing schools in the world, and ease of access to this information will solidify public trust and allow all educators to make timely data-driven decisions, ensuring that students are empowered for success.”
"The British Columbia Association of School Business Officials appreciates the ministry's leadership role in providing easy access to evidence based, relevant information as we strive for continuous improvement of student learning outcomes in B.C.," said Kelvin Stretch, president, British Columbia Association of School Business Officials.
The website is easily accessible at: www.bced.gov.bc.ca/reporting/systemperformance and works on smartphones, tablets and computers of all kinds.