Report doesnt explain why: AIMS acting president

Jason Malloy
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TRURO The majority of Central Nova Scotias high schools received Cs on an annual report card handed out yesterday by an independent think tank.

Nine of Chignecto-Central Regional School Boards schools received Cs from the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies while two schools received Bs and two Ds.

The vast majority of those schools seem to sit right fair in the middle of the province, both physically and performance wise, said Charles Cirtwill, AIMS acting president. Sure theres a couple of schools that have slipped a little but theres a couple schools that have gone up.

The top school in the province was Queen Elizabeth High in Halifax which dethroned Islands Consolidated School in Freeport for the first time in the reports five-year history.

The report is based on material supplied by the Department of Education and school boards across the province.

Cirtwill said the report cards are not prescriptive.

It can tell you whats going on, but it cant tell you why, he said. What it can tell you, of course, is who to call.

Schools which have shown improvement, he said, could be resources for schools struggling in specific areas.

Cirtwill said parents should know public schools across the province can deliver good education.

There are no excuses any more for schools not living up to the expectations, he said. Take a look at the top of the rankings and youve got schools in larger centres, small centres, schools with high student-teacher ratios and schools with low student-teacher ratios.

When the reports were first issued, some people dismissed them and while Cirtwill said no one is ever going to be comfortable with their work being assessed the report cards are popular.

I havent been in a single school in this province where they werent interested in having more data available to them to make a decision, he said.

The full report is available online at

Organizations: Central Regional School Boards, Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, Islands Consolidated School Department of Education

Geographic location: Chignecto, Halifax, Freeport

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