Columbia Valley Pioneer staff

Rocky Mountain School District No. 6 is celebrating some good news in student achievement trends, including an 86 per cent graduation rate for Indigenous learners – an all-time high.

The district recently submitted its 2022-2023 Enhancing Student Learning Report to the Ministry of Education and Child Care, and the results are encouraging.

The report demonstrates growth in strategic areas of student achievement, starting with a sense of belonging and safety in school, according to the Provincial Student Learning Survey.

Other achievements include:

• 86 per cent graduation rate for Indigenous learners

• Five-year high for completion rate of non-Indigenous learners at 92 per cent

• Three-year high for completion rate of students with diverse needs

• Growth trend on Graduation Numeracy Assessment in Grade 10 over four years with a 25 per cent total gain in achievement since year one.

• 98 per cent successful transition rate between grades in the graduation program (Grades 10-12)

• Grade 4 and 7 literacy and numeracy achievement on Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA), ahead of provincial achievement trends 

“The data shows that the school district is moving student outcomes in the right direction,” said board chair Amber Byklum. “This is a testament to the commitment that teachers, support staff, school administration, district principals, vice-principals, and senior administration have to our student outcomes.”

Superintendent Karen Shipka said she is very proud of the results they are seeing.

“It brings me great hope to see the 86 per cent graduation rate for our Indigenous learners.”

She recognized the focused investment and work carried out by District Vice-Principal of Indigenous Learning and Equity, Jenna Jasek, and the district’s Indigenous education support workers.