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Fraser Institute School Rankings report should be ignored

March 07, 2013

Dan Laitsch, SFU Education professor and Director of the Centre for the Study of Educational Leadership and Policy (CSELP) was mentioned in a Surrey Now article regarding the recent controversial Fraser Institute School Rankings report.

This yearly report ranks 853 public and independent schools based on a number of academic indicators using data from the annual Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA), which measures reading, writing and numeracy skills tested at both the Grade 4 and Grade 7 level.

Dan Laitsch would prefer the tests be ignored for that very reason.

"Of the top 10 schools, only one has any students in ESL or special education, which is the only public school," he says.

"My reading is that when schools can selectively admit students based on testing, personal interviews and individual observational assessments (as every independent school in the top 10 does), then their students tend to perform better on similar tests, giving the school an artificially high ranking."

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