Student achievement is the number one priority mandated by the Ministry of Education, and Chinook School Division Director of Education Liam Choo-Foo said their school division shares that priority.
“That just fits right in line with how we feel here in Chinook. I think the efforts we’ve made over the last four years to improve our balanced literacy scores and now our math momentum really make us feel good about being in alignment with what the provincial priority is,” Choo-Foo said following an Aug. 23 School Division Board meeting.
“But I think the success that we’ve had here has come from the fact that we’ve picked a priority and stuck with it. We’re in year two of our math and we’re staying with it. We’ll finish math successfully over the next couple of years.”
Choo-Foo feels the Ministry’s new assessment model will enhance Chinook’s ability to monitor their improvements relative to other school divisions.
“I think it’s going to be far clearer in this new model and that we’ll be a benefit to us, especially when we see a school division that’s doing better than we are in a certain area. We’re not above approaching them and saying what are you doing that’s so much better than us, because at the end of the day I think we want all of the children in this province to do better., and if somebody has figured something out we should all be trying to do the same thing to make it work.”