We had an interesting educational services committee meeting last night.
One amazing thing that stuck out was this:
MELS seemingly is not able to drill down in their data to the school level for success rates.
What does that mean to us?
Well, when one of our principals asks us, “Ok – so the board wide success rate is currently 80% – what is the specific rate of just my school?”
The government answer?
“We don’t know.”
Someone from the Ministry even suggested that we use The Fraser Report.
Are you kidding?
This is data. This is data that they have. Students write provincial exams. That data is in the government’s hands. And even to get “collective data”, totals for the boards, we get data from 2 years ago.
In this day and age, there is no excuse for a lag in producing data that we need in order to measure, qualify and adjust.