L.V. Rogers topped the Frasier Institute's rankings for a fifth year in a row. Principal Tim Huttemann told the Star the rankings are meaningless

L.V. Rogers principal echoes criticisms of Fraser Institute rankings

Nelson’s L.V. Rogers has topped the Fraser Institute’s secondary school rankings in the West Kootenay for the fifth year in a row.

Nelson’s L.V. Rogers has topped the Fraser Institute’s secondary school rankings in the West Kootenay for the fifth year in a row, placing 118th out of 289 schools and earning a score of 6.3 out of 10.

The only other high schools in the Kootenay Lake district with sufficient enrollment to be included were South Slocan’s Mount Sentinel and Creston’s Princes Charles, which came 238th and 252nd respectively, earning scores of 4.6. and 4.2.

The widely-maligned rankings have earned the ire of superintendent Jeff Jones, who urged parents to ignore them. He said the rankings are misleading and don’t take contextual information into account.

According to Jones, the Foundation Skills Assessment, used to compile the rankings, was never intended as a high-stakes examination regimen.

Some parents instruct their children not to attend on the day of testing or refuse to fill it out. When the Star recently released a story about the elementary school rankings, a number of local principals heaped scorn on the findings.

L.V Rogers principal Tim Huttemann told the Star he agrees with Jones that the rankings are misleading, but said there is some useful data to be gleaned, such as the difference between boys and girls achievement in math and English.

“There are little bits and pieces of the data that we can use to mine a little deeper.”

He noted that many of the top-performing schools were either private or religious institutions.

“Then you look at us, and we have no criteria for admission. We accept everyone here, and I think that’s a pretty cool thing.”

Huttemann said rather than focusing on the ranking, the administration will continue to focus on their work in student retention while grappling with the effects of student poverty.

“I’m not saying we’re poverty-stricken, but some of these stats that have been coming out lately are pretty telling. Families are really struggling around here.”

Huttemann said the Fraser Institute could do much more useful work than compile these rankings.

“They tend to average everything together, and that produces a number that doesn’t mean anything. But when we look through the data, we see things we can work on. The number, though, is misleading.”

L.V. Rogers also scored better than Trail’s J.L. Crowe, Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries, and Nakusp Secondary. The closest competitor was Crowe, which placed 136th.

Huttemann took the opportunity to praise J.L. Crowe, noting they’re a very similar institution to L.V. Rogers and offer “some very cool programs.” He said creating a spirit of competition between institutions doesn’t make sense, and the rankings have no real value.

“I like to think we offer our students a lot more than a number,” said Huttemann.





Just Posted

VIDEO: Nelson Tennis Club’s new home opens

The revitalized courts above LVR had their grand opening Saturday

U.S. Court upholds Teck pollution ruling

Teck appealed a previous decision that it must pay $8.25 million in Colville Confederated Tribes’ court costs

Leafs rout Border Bruins 6-2

Nelson remains undefeated this season

Chamber jazz at St. Saviour’s in Nelson

Four prominent Kootenay musicians present originals and classic jazz repertoire

Home and Energy Show returns

The annual event takes place at the Prestige on Sept. 25

VIDEO: Monday Roundup

Sept. 24, 2018

Edmonton cannabis company revenues more than triples to $19.1 million

Aurora Cannabis revenues more than triple in fourth quarter

B.C. pharmacist suspended for giving drugs with human placenta

RCMP had samples of the seized substances tested by Health Canada

Seattle one step closer to NHL after arena plan approved

Seattle City Council unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena

Harvest Moon to light up B.C. skies with an ‘autumn hue’

It’s the first moon after the autumn equinox

Hockey league gets $1.4M for assistance program after Humboldt Broncos crash

Program will help players, families, coaches and volunteers after the shock of the deadly crash

Canada has removed six out of 900 asylum seekers already facing U.S. deportation

Ottawa had said the ‘overwhelming majority’ had been removed

Appeal pipeline decision but consult Indigenous communities, Scheer says

The federal appeals court halted the Trans Mountain expansion last month

Most Read