Each year, Alberta Education publishes diploma examination results for schools and school authorities. We’ve taken the 2015-2016 data and ranked Alberta highs schools by their overall average on the core academic (English 30-1, Social Studies 30-1, Math 30-1, Chemistry 30, Biology 30, Physics 30) diploma exams written by their students. This information is intended to help students, parents, and educators (1) evaluate the academic performance of their high school in comparison to other high schools in the province; (2) compare changes in diploma exam marks over time; and (3) compare overall academic participation (the number of diploma exams written by students) for the core academic diploma courses. We think these rankings are much more straightforward than those produced by the Fraser Institute. Marks don’t tell the whole story, and individual schools should really be viewed in the context in which they operate. But a close look at diploma marks does bring up interesting questions, like why do Calgary public high schools consistently outperform Edmonton public high schools, and why are school marks so much higher than diploma marks?
Click on the name of a school to see its academic dashboard.
(The Sch – Dipl column shows the difference between the average school mark and the average diploma exam mark for each school.)