For the second year in a row, J.M. Olds Collegiate in Twillingate is the top high school in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The school's students do better on provincial exams than on the school exams, an indication of good teaching and hard marking.
In other results, last year's second and third ranked schools, Bay d'Espoir in Milltown and Gonzaga High School in St. John's, both dropped from a B+ grade to a B but flipped places in the rankings. Corner Brook Regional High receives a final grade this year for the first time since opening and receives a B.
The only significant grade change in any school was Dunne Memorial Academy in St. Mary's which saw its grade fall from a B to a C, largely due to a decline in its post secondary achievement grade from a C+ to an F.
"If my child was in high school in Newfoundland and Labrador," says report co-author Bobby O'Keefe, "I would find a way for her to attend classes at a school like J.M. Olds."
O'Keefe says the province continues to be the best in the region for not only maintaining provincial exams, but also for publicly reporting student performance school by school. In addition, principals have been told to use the information to improve student performance.
"Now the province should take the next step," says O'Keefe. "That is the next step in radically improving student performance, choice. Let parents and students choose their school, no matter the neighbourhood."
O'Keefe says that in Newfoundland and Labrador choice can work no matter where a student lives in the province. He points out with today's technology and the province's advancement in teleconference techniques, a student doesn't have to live in Twillingate to go to J.M. Olds.
As in previous years, a large percentage of schools in the province do not receive a final grade. That's because of the large number of small schools scattered around the province. To protect the privacy of students, AIMS does not receive the post secondary results for schools with fewer than five students at any one university or college. Without that post secondary result, no final grade is provided. However, there is still a wealth of information in the report card about those schools. That information provides a valuable picture of how their students are performing.