News Release - January 25, 2001
SASKATCHEWAN STUDENTS PERFORM WELL
Saskatchewan's education system continues to perform well overall, according to
Saskatchewan Education Indicators 2000, a report on the province's Kindergarten
to Grade 12 school system.
"Assessment and evaluation initiatives like Indicators help us to improve the
quality of education for Saskatchewan's students," Education Minister Jim
Melenchuk said. "Indicators 2000 shows Saskatchewan students understand
technology and enjoy using it; their grasp of scientific concepts is on par
with students from the rest of Canada, and the vast majority intend to pursue
In a provincial technological literacy assessment of Grade 5, 8 and 11
students, the vast majority demonstrated a solid understanding of technology
and its impact on society. Likewise, most students felt confident working with
computers and learning new things with a computer.
One in seven Grade 5, more than half of Grade 8 and four out of five Grade 11
students demonstrated good computer word processing skills, while fewer
students at each level demonstrated good Internet search skills.
In a national assessment of student achievement in science, results for
Saskatchewan 13 and 16-year-olds were on par with the rest of Canada. More
than three-quarters of students achieved adequate or better results, an
improvement from a similar national assessment in 1996.
The report shows Saskatchewan school enrolment continues to decline,
particularly in rural school divisions. Despite the decline in the total
enrolment, the number of Aboriginal school-aged children is increasing. About
20 per cent of school-aged children in Saskatchewan are Aboriginal, up from 16
per cent in 1991. The report also shows an increase in the number of
Aboriginal teachers, providing more potential role models for Aboriginal
students in Saskatchewan schools.
More than three-quarters of Saskatchewan Grade 12 students (77 per cent) and
nearly two-thirds of Aboriginal Grade 12 students (64 per cent) intend to
pursue post-secondary education.
"We face a number of challenges in the coming years, including changing
demographics and changing technology," Melenchuk said. "The information in
Indicators will help us identify areas where we are doing very well and other
areas where we need to do more."
The Saskatchewan Education Indicators program was developed in co-operation
with Saskatchewan teachers, school trustees, administrators and the business
community. The Provincial Auditor has identified the Indicators program as an
example of "leadership in reporting" for government. The report released today
is the seventh in the series.
For further information contact:
Phone: (306) 787-2362
(The Indicators report is available on the Saskatchewan Education Internet