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Fraser Institute ranks Burnaby elementary schools

The five highest-ranked Burnaby elementary schools in the latest rankings from the Fraser Institute are all independent schools.

And even then, they didn't make the top 20.

That's compared to the 2010 report, when Holy Cross and St. Michael's, both Catholic schools, scored 10 out of 10 in the rankings garnering them a No. 1 placing, tied with several other schools.

This year's report by the right-wing think tank ranking 875 schools is based on the provincial Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) exams, testing reading, writing and numeracy, written by students in grades 4 and 7 in the 2009-2010 school year.

• View the rankings for yourself here.

Again, it shows Holy Cross as the top Burnaby school, but it dropped to a tie for 22nd place, with a score of 9.6. Second-highest for Burnaby was John Knox Christian, in 25th place with a score of 9.5. St. Michael's dropped to 57th, with a score of 8.9.

Last year's highest-ranked public elementary in Burnaby, Chaffey-Burke, which placed 90th with a score of 8.1, fell to 410th spot with a score of 6.0.

Instead, this year's top rankings among public schools in the city are led by Buckingham elementary, in 74th place with a score of 8.7, followed by Sperling and Taylor Park, both among those tied for 79th, with a score of 8.6.

At the other end of the rankings, Forest Grove came in 865th place with a 1.9 score (its five-year average is 4.9). That may have been due simply to the low numbers of students writing the FSA exams. The school, which is comprised of 13.5 per cent English-as-a-second language and nine per cent special needs students, had a Grade 4 enrollment of only 23 students. It also had 24.7 per cent of eligible students not write the FSA exams, with 45.1 per cent of participating students scoring below expectations.

Provincewide, 20.1 per cent of FSA tests written scored below expectations. The average overall score for schools across the province was 6.0.

The rankings do not include all Burnaby schools. The Fraser Institute includes only those with at least 15 students in both Grade 4 and Grade 7 and those which generated enough data to calculate a rating.

Among those not included are Edmonds elementary (last year's lowest-ranked Burnaby public school), Brantford, Glenwood, Maywood and Lyndhurst elementaries.

View the report at http://www.compareschoolrankings.org.

wchow@burnabynewsleader.com

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