Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools officials do not think school rankings put out by the Fraser Institute have much merit.
Superintendent Karl Germann believes there are to many variables included.
“We don’t mind being ranked on performance or achievement, but they have a look at a whole variety of things, so they look at gender gap, they look at average achievement, they do a comparison of a bunch of different variables, so we would rather look at the province’s data that they give us.”
Germann says the province’s data is what he calls “an accountability pillar.”
“(It) rates safe and caring, student achievement and parent satisfaction, student satisfaction and so on. So, that’s really, primarily, the data that we use, although we always take a snap shot and have a look to see does somebody else think the schools are improving or holding or whatever it might be.”
Bezanson School had the highest ranking among schools in the Peace, followed by St. Mary’s in Sexsmith. Mother Teresa and Manning School tied for third.