Continuous Improvement in Northern Lights Public Schools

Northern Lights Public Schools would like to thank all of the parents, students and staff who took the time to participate in Alberta Education’s Accountability Pillar Survey during the 2016-2017 school year. The 2017-2018 Accountability Pillar survey will take place in January-February 2018. Alberta Education mails Accountability Pillar Surveys to parents of children in grades 4, 7 and 10 in January/February of each school year. Teachers, and students in grades 4, 7 and 10, complete surveys online. In small schools (fewer than 120 students in grades 4-12) all students in grades 4 and above and their parents are surveyed.

MORE INFO: Alberta Education Accountability Pillar Survey

“We were very pleased the results, which show that the majority of our stakeholders are satisfied with the work we are doing in our schools,” said Board Chair Arlene Hrynyk. “The feedback we receive, and our schools receive, from the survey helps us determine the effectiveness of the strategies and initiatives we have in place and what areas we may need to focus on.”

More stakeholders participated in this year’s survey than in previous years. Overall, there was a 7.5% increase in participation, including a 25% increase in the number of parents who completed and returned their surveys.

This is the fourth consecutive year of overall improvement for the division, and we improved or improved significantly on nine of the 16 measures included in the pillar. That includes the academic measures where we saw improvements in both Provincial Achievement Test and Provincial Diploma Exam results, as well as survey measures, such as Safe and Caring, Parental Involvement, School Improvement

Highlights from the 2016-2017 Accountability Pillar include: 

  • The Drop Out rate Improved Significantly from 4.8% to 3.1%;
  • The High School Completion Rate (three-year) Improved Significantly from 67.2% to 73%;
  • Significant Improvement in Citizenship – 81% of teachers, parents and students are satisfied that students model the characteristics of active citizenship;
  • Significant Improvement in School Improvement – 83.4% of teachers, parents and students indicate that their school and schools in their jurisdiction have improved or stayed the same over the last three years; 
  • Improvement in Safe and Caring – 88.5% of teachers, parents and students agree that students are safe at school, are learning the importance of caring for others, are learning respect for others, and are treated fairly in school;
  • Improvement in Education Quality – 88.4% of teachers, parents and students are satisfied with the overall quality of basic education;       
  • Improvement in Parental Involvement – 83% of parents and teachers are satisfied with parental involvement in decisions about their child’s education;
  • An overall 7.5% increase in the number of surveys completed, including a 25% increase in parent participation, 17.1% increase in teacher participation, and 5.6% increase in student participation.

The Division's Accountability Pillar is included in its Annual Education Results Report, along with information on how the Division is meeting the goals set out for it by Alberta Education and the priorities it has set at the Division level (Literacy and Numeracy; Communication, Partnerships and Engagement; and Health and Wellness). The Accountability Pillar is also used to develop the Division's Three-Year Education Plan which details the strategies the Division will continue to use and the ones it plans to introduce to continue to improve in all areas measured by the pillar as well as the priority areas it has established.

On November 29, the Board approved the Combined 2016-2017 AERR and 2017-2020 Three-Year Education Plan.

Highlights and Results are included in our Winter 2018 Community Update Brochure, which was mailed to all stakeholders in Northern Lights Public Schools in January.