Skidegate school one of best in north

  • May. 4, 2005 3:00 p.m.

Sk’aadgaa Naay elementary in Skidegate is one of the top-ranked public schools in northern BC, according to the Fraser Institute’s latest report on the province’s elementary schools.
The school was ranked 621st out of the 1,013 schools in this year’s report, with a score of 5.7 out of 10, ahead of most elementary schools in the north. However, Sk’aadgaa Naay’s results were down a bit from last year’s score of 6.0.
The rankings are based on the school’s average scores on the grade 4 and 7 foundation skills assessment tests in reading, writing and numeracy, as well as the grade 7 “gender gap” in reading and numeracy and the percentage of students who performed below expectations on the assessment tests.
Tahayghen elementary in Masset was ranked 935th in the province, with a score of 3.5 out of 10 – down from last year’s score of 5.4. At Tahayghen, 35-percent of students did not write the tests at all, one of the highest rates in the province, and of those who did, almost 30-percent were below expectations- double the provincial average. However, the school has steadily improved its grade 7 numeracy results, and its grade 4 reading and writing results were better than previous years.