Canadian Test of Basic Skills
The Canadian Test of Basic Skills (CTBS) is a standardized test that is used by both private and public schools across Canada. The exam is developed and administered by Nelson Canada, a division of Thompson Publishing. It is designed to assist schools in assessing the success and effectiveness of their programmes, specifically examining the basic skills in Language, Math, Science, Maps and Diagrams. Grades 3 through 6 classes participate in the testing each May.
Individual student and school profiles are generated from the results of the CTBS. The results are reported as Grade Equivalents or National Percentile Rankings (NPR). These scores indicate how an individual student performs in comparison to peers in the same grade from across Canada. Each student who has taken the test receives an individual chart that indicates their individual results. The school also generates an NPR, which compares the individual school to the other schools from across Canada.
The Giles School overall placement is in the top 99th percentile, which indicates that as a school we rank above 99% of the other schools taking the test! The vast majority of our students consistently place at least two to three grade levels ahead of their peers from other schools and school boards. Stated in another way the average Giles student in Grade 3 has learned and understood concepts and related skills that are taught in at least grade 5 in other jurisdictions.
The very fact that the predominant language of instruction at The Giles School is French, and that the test is administered in English, means these are indeed impressive results!
May 2018 Results:
|Equivalent Grade 2018||Comparison to Peers|
|Grade 3||4.8 (79% above their grade level)||↑ 1 grade above the national average|
|Grade 4||6.8 (85% above their grade level)||↑ 2 grades above the national average|
|Grade 5||7.9 (82% above their grade level)||↑ 2 grades above the national average|
|Grade 6||12.5 (98% above their grade level)||↑ 5.5 grades above the national average||Grade 7||12.5 (91% above their grade level)||↑ 4.5 grades above the national average|