New report recommends incremental improvements for on-reserve schools

February 10, 2016

A new report released by the CD Howe Institute suggests reforms are needed to address the low performance rates of on-reserve schools. The report, titled “Students in Jeopardy: An Agenda for Improving Results in Band-Operated Schools,” makes seven recommendations to help improve the graduation rates of students attending school on reserve, such as developing a feasible funding strategy with increased per-student funding, emphasizing outcomes and student success, promoting incremental improvement instead of “encompassing reforms,” and creating access to secondary supports including student counselling and staff development. The authors further suggest that reserve schools focus on “observable improvements in the results of language and culture programs as much as in core academic subjects,” with support from the federal government. CD Howe | Vancouver Sun | Full Report