Continuous Improvement in Northern Lights Public Schools

NLPS High School Competition Rate Improves; Drop Out Rate Lowers

Northern Lights Public Schools (NLPS) would like to thank all of the parents, students and staff who took the time to participate in Alberta Education’s Accountability Pillar Survey earlier this year.
“We were very pleased the results, which show that the majority of our stakeholders are satisfied with the work we are doing in our schools,” said Board Chair Mandi Skogen. “The feedback we receive, and our schools receive, from the survey helps us determine the effectiveness of the strategies and initiatives we have in place and what areas we may need to focus on.”
More stakeholders participated in this year’s survey than in previous years. Overall, there was a 7.5% increase in participation, including a 25% increase in the number of parents who completed and returned their surveys.
Overall, Northern Lights Improved or Improved Significantly in five of the seven survey measures and maintained its satisfaction rates in the other two areas. The Division’s Drop Out Rate and High School Completion Rate (3-year) also Improved Significantly.
Highlights from the Accountability Pillar include:

  • The Drop Out rate Improved Significantly from 4.8% to 3.1%;
  • The High School Completion Rate (three-year) Improved Significantly from 67.2% to 73%;
  • Significant Improvement in Citizenship – 81% of teachers, parents and students are satisfied that students model the characteristics of active citizenship;
  • Significant Improvement in School Improvement – 83.4% of teachers, parents and students indicate that their school and schools in their jurisdiction have improved or stayed the same over the last three years;
  • Improvement in Safe and Caring – 88.5% of teachers, parents and students agree that students are safe at school, are learning the importance of caring for others, are learning respect for others, and are treated fairly in school;
  • Improvement in Education Quality – 88.4% of teachers, parents and students are satisfied with the overall quality of basic education;
  •  Improvement in Parental Involvement – 83% of parents and teachers are satisfied with parental involvement in decisions about their child’s education;
  • An overall 7.5% increase in the number of surveys completed, including a 25% increase in parent participation, 17.1% increase in teacher participation, and 5.6% increase in student participation.

Northern Lights Public Schools will be analyzing the data in depth and using the results to develop its Three-Year Education Plans as well as plans at the school level.
Alberta Education mails Accountability Pillar Surveys to parents of children in grades 4, 7 and 10 in January/February of each school year. Teachers, and students in grades 4, 7 and 10, complete surveys online. In small schools (fewer than 120 students in grades 4-12) all students in grades 4 and above and their parents are surveyed.
More information about the Accountability Pillar is available on the Alberta Education website: in the School Administration section.
Northern Lights Public Schools provides a quality public education program with enhanced learning opportunities to approximately 6,000 students in 27 schools in northeastern Alberta.