Apparently if you want a good education in Cornwall you need to attend a francophone Catholic school according to the report from the Fraser Institute.
What appears when you peruse the numbers is that Cornwall has a higher percentage of special needs students and a higher number of students who scored below average on tests.
Congrats to Ste Anne’s School as they ranked the highest of area schools at 740th out of 3,046 elementary schools in Ontario.
Rose des Vents had the highest math score for Grade 6 students at 3.6.
It begs the question of where is Cornwall failing? It seems that we have a higher level of special needs students per capita. Is this skewing the numbers? Should these students be integrated with the overall population or are they simply not getting enough support across the board?
Nearby Laggan in Dalkeith scored #1 in the entire Province! What are they doing right?
Less than 2% of tests scored below standards. Laggan only has 16.7% of students with special needs. The numbers do show that they must be doing something right as they elevate from Grade 3 benchmarks to Grade 6.
And the worst school in Elementary Cornwall for this year? St. Columbans ranked 2,944th! They report 56.3% of their students as special needs. As low as their Grade 6 math score of 2.3 is, at least they’re trying as they’ve raised it from below 2!
Clearly there seem to be factors in why Cornwall is scoring as low as it consistently does. 4 out of 14 elementary schools in the top 50% is not a remedy for success, especially when you look at the language demographic?
Is there a problem with the non francophone, non Catholic community that isn’t being addressed? Do the Catholic School boards have better teachers? Are their student families more supportive?
Or is it simply the bully culture of our area which only gets lip service? After all how do you tell children not to be bullies when their parents and grand parents are?
For example when we exposed the defamation by Upper Canada District School Board veteran school teacher (UCDSB) Tracy Champagne, several social media users identifying as her students essentially tried to bully yours truly typing in a similar manner to her post above.
Is this our teachers teaching a culture that leads to such behavior? And if supported and approved by parents long term is it any wonder of our regional results?
After all this is still a community that embraces the students that bullied Ryan Gosling and defends crooks like Gilles Latour, and even more oddly in higher social circles accepts convicted pedophiles, including one former area school teacher recently pictured at the Art Centre Fundraiser.
There are solutions, but until more resources and real decisions to improve are made sadly we will probably see more rankings like this one.
To check out the Fraser Institute report click HERE.