Majority of Albertans Oppose School Rankings

The Alberta Teachers' Association has released public opinion polling results that show two in three Albertans are opposed to the practice of ranking schools based on standardised test results. It also shows that 93 per cent of Albertans understand that there is more to learning than those tests can measure.

“Albertans understand the limited information that these tests provide and recognise that it is inappropriate and unfair to then use the results to rank schools,” said ATA President Greg Jeffery. “We should not allow the Fraser Institute to distract us from discussing the things that Albertans are actually concerned about in education.”

The polling also shows that over half of Albertans believe that class sizes in Alberta’s schools are too big and that 85 per cent agree that class size maximums are needed. Three-quarters of Albertans are also concerned with the levels of supports available for students with special needs and 84 per cent would support increased funding for those supports. 

The complete results of the telephone survey are available here.

The poll was conducted by Environics research on behalf of the ATA. The survey was conducted among 817 adult Albertans interviewed during the period from June 9 to 18, 2017. The margin of error for a sample of 817 is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points (at the 95% confidence level).