Fraser Institute gives Cowichan a rather routine report card

Cowichan Secondary School
Cowichan Secondary School's Fraser Institute Report Card rating and score remained stable from the previous year.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

It was a rather unremarkable Fraser Institute report card for Cowichan Valley high schools this year.

As usual, private schools dominated the annual rankings, while our public schools all posted results very close to the previous year’s marks.

Released Tuesday, the annual report card ranks 239 public and independent B.C. secondary schools, based on seven indicators, using data from the annual province-wide exams administered by the B.C. Ministry of Education.

It didn’t come up with any shockers for the valley’s batch of schools.

Shawnigan Lake School remained stable with a 9.2 out of 10, holding on to its number-10 rank. Mill Bay’s Brentwood College School again wasn’t far behind with a 15th-place ranking and a stable score of 8.9. Queen Margaret’s School in Duncan came in at 24 with a 8.3.

Meanwhile, our northernmost school, Chemainus Secondary, topped the valley’s list of public schools placing 125th, with a stable score of 6.3.

Lake Cowichan Secondary posted the same 5.7 score and 169th-place ranking as last year, hand-in-hand with Cowichan Secondary, also at 169 with a 5.7.

Mill Bay’s Frances Kelsey school secured a stable score and rank of 5.3 and 196 respectively, and Duncan Christian School — which didn’t figure into last year’s rankings — was the valley’s lowest-ranked secondary school, placing 204th with a score of 5.2.

Parents and educators are encouraged to visit the rankings site, for a breakdown of each school's scores, showing where improvement is needed at each school.

"Parents should ensure that principals and school district officials are paying attention and taking action," reminded Fraser Institute's director of school performance studies Peter Cowley.

Many educators have traditionally dismissed the rankings as weighted in the of favour private schools, and not providing proper context, or a full picture.

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