STAR Catholic School Division makes the grade – and then some!
School divisions are evaluated by many different audiences and based on a variety of different criteria. Each year, an independent survey of St. Thomas Aquinas Roman (STAR) Catholic School Division students, parents and teachers is conducted by Schollie Research and Consulting to identify areas where expectations are being met or exceeded expectations, and where there are opportunities to improve. The Government of Alberta also measures the Division based on the Accountability Pillar, a set of criteria and performance measures that use a common evaluation system for all school divisions across the province.
“Year-over-year we have heard back from students, parents, teachers, staff and government representatives that we’re doing great work across our Division,” says STAR Catholic Board Chair Sandra Bannard. “We’re excited to announce that again this year, we have received feedback that we are continuing to exceed expectations with the many people we serve, from students in the classroom to our colleagues in government. That great work is being done at all levels and the Board of Trustees congratulates our staff on their commitment to our students and the families we serve across our Division.”
Schollie survey results have shown annual increases in approval ratings for students in nearly all categories, with students giving top marks to clarity of instruction and behavioural expectations, encouragement and support from teachers, and feeling safe at school. Parent ratings were at or above 80 per cent in all areas, particularly recognizing the safety and caring attitudes of their school environments, and teacher support for their students. Staff results continue to identify STAR Catholic School Division as a great place to work, with top marks given for the integration of faith in the schools, parental engagement and quality of education offered.
STAR Catholic School Division continues to receive “excellent” rankings in the following Accountability Pillar categories: Safe and Caring Schools, Student Learning Opportunities, Student Learning Achievement (K-9), Parental Involvement and Continuous Improvement. Accountability Pillar results have continued to improve in Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT), diploma exam results and Rutherford Scholarship eligibility. The Accountability Pillar uses data on student achievement from Provincial Achievement Tests and diploma exams, and information on perceived quality of education using survey data from students, parents, and teachers, as well as additional student outcome data such as dropout rates, high school completion rates and post-secondary transition rates.
Based in central Alberta, Saint Thomas Aquinas Roman (STAR) Catholic School Division represents 10 schools that serve the communities of Beaumont, Drayton Valley, Lacombe, Leduc, Ponoka, and Wetaskiwin. The STAR Catholic Schools team of teachers and support staff are committed to giving more than 3,200 students across our division every opportunity to achieve their potential in a caring, safe and Christ-centred environment. For more information on STAR Catholic School Division and our schools, visit www.starcatholic.ab.ca.
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For more information, contact:
Sandra Bannard Jamie McNamara
Board Chair Superintendent
STAR Catholic Schools STAR Catholic Schools
Cell: 780-898-5234 Cell: 780-913-0194