Foundation Skills Assessment Results
February! For our Grade 4 and Grade 7 classes, this means the Foundation Skills Assessment will be completed.
This is a series of non-standardized assessments, created by the BC Ministry of Education, which are taken over 2-4 weeks. These evaluate how BC students perform in the areas of Numeracy, Reading and Writing. It provides a general outlook on achievement by categorizing students in four ways – not meeting expectations, minimally meeting expectations, meeting expectations and exceeding expectations.
As information comes out about the results, I encourage our community to remember:
- First and foremost, we are a Christian school providing a ‘quality Christ centered education’ to each student enrolled at RCS.
- We strive for excellence in all things. Christ calls us to this.
- We look at our overall track record and not each individual race.
At RCS, students do not complete an entrance exam in order to qualify for admission; student ability is not pre-screened. As a result, each grade has a unique character based on the individual talents and gifts held by its students. This unique collection of strengths in each class will continue to affect our Fraser Institute ranking each year.
Through some research, I was able to evaluate data on the achievements of our Grade 4 students over the last five years (2010 to 2014)1.
Over the last 5 years, for Numeracy:
99% of our students met the expectations for problem solving (minimally to exceeding).
60% of our students exceeded expectations.
Over five years, less than 1% of the students did not meet the expectations on that specific test.
Over the last 5 years, for Reading:
99% met the expectations for Reading (minimally to exceeding).
76% met or exceeded in the area of analyzing texts.
Over five years, less than 1% did not meet the expectations for reading at a grade 4 level when analyzing texts.
Over the last 5 years, for Writing:
99% met the expectations for Writing (minimally to exceeding).
245/323 or 76% of students met or exceeded the writing expectations for grade 4.
Over five years, less than 1% did not meet the writing expectations for grade 4 when taking that test in February.
We are very pleased with our students’ accomplishments over the last five years and the work of our teachers and staff to educate them. We will continue to use this assessment information to ensure that the educational program offered at RCS is of the highest quality and that RCS graduates will be equipped with the skills, education and social aptitude to well serve our greater community.
To God be the glory.
Mrs. Darlene Neufeld
Elementary Campus Principal
1. http://www.edudata.ca/apps/fsa_item/en/d38/s3896178/t2/ will lead you to the results for the last 5 years.
From Kindergarten to Grade 5, every student at RCS Elementary Campus belongs to a Family Group – with 19 other “brothers and sisters!” Approximately every 6 weeks, the family groups meet to do something together. In December, it was decorating Gingerbread Cookies, and in January, we snuggled in our PJ’s and read books together.
These experiences allow children to bond with students from other grade groups, making connections that happen on the playground, in the library, before and after school and throughout the school year. The students enjoy themselves and as they grow towards grade 5, they help out the younger ones. We have a great time celebrating our “family.”
Please enjoy the family groups photo gallery by clicking on the image to the right.
Feb 6: Mr. Schmidt’s Grade 2 Class
Feb 13: Family Groups
Feb 20: Ms. Ching’s Grade 3 Class
“Off-campus” educational experiential learning – that is what a field trip is! Significant planning goes into creating a field trip experience for our students because most field trips are part of a framework of a unit of study. For example, students in grade 1 go skating as they study winter, Grade 3 students go to the Space Centre when studying space and Kindergarten students go to the pumpkin patch when studying about pumpkins.
Recently, we have “in-house” fieldtrips when a Scientist comes to the school and the students enjoy hands-on learning with scientific concepts. Of course, a fieldtrip also has additional benefits: building community, equating learning with life – not just “seatwork,” and the most fun part – riding on the school bus!