Provincial Testing


Statement from Education Minister Jeff Johnson on the results of Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams

As we continue our work in building Alberta and realizing the vision of Inspiring Education, provincial assessments remain an integral part of our assurance to Albertans that our education system is performing well and supporting student learning. Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) and diploma exams are one way of enabling Alberta Education—as well as parents, school authorities, superintendents, principals and teachers—to assess how well students are meeting provincial standards.

As part of this commitment, I am pleased to release the results of PATs and diploma exams for the 2012/2013 school year. The results of the tests remain steady, indicating that the majority of our students are continuing to perform strongly and developing a solid educational foundation to prepare them for their future world—whether that is in post-secondary studies or the workplace.

I know Albertans across the province are proud of our education system and its reputation for excellence. This excellence is based on our shared vision for continuously evaluating and working to improve our system. It’s why we’re moving forward with Curriculum Redesign, which involves a focus on literacy, numeracy, and competencies such as critical thinking and problem solving. It also includes changing assessment to better enable parents and teachers to understand student strengths or areas for improvement. 

To this end, Alberta Education will begin phasing out PATs and piloting new Student Learning Assessments (SLAs) for Grade 3 students in September 2014. The new SLAs will better inform student learning by collecting valuable information at the beginning of the school year, while also including interactive approaches to help educators and parents understand how well students can apply what they have learned. 

As you know, this past June, thousands of Alberta kids had to deal with some extraordinary challenges resulting from the devastation and evacuations caused by the southern Alberta floods, and our first priority was to ensure their safety and well-being. While we must be cautious about interpreting school and district results from flood-affected areas, individual results remain valid, and participation remained high enough that the province-wide information provides a valuable snapshot of how well our students are performing. 

Once again, thank you to our education partners and to all Albertans committed to ensuring our kids have every opportunity to reach their full potential. We are proud to continue working with you in preparing a new generation of Albertans to become engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit. 

Jeff Johnson
Minister of Education

Highlights of provincial assessment results for 2012 - 2013 

  • Performance across English Language Arts 3, 6, 9, 30-1 and 30-2 remains steady at the acceptable level but is declining at the excellence level.

  • Overall performance is consistent across French Language Arts 3, 6, 9, and 30-1.

  • Results for Français 3, 6, 9, and 30-1 are consistent with those of previous years.

  • Performance in Social Studies 6, 9, 30-1 and 30-2 remains consistent.

  • Performance in Science 30, Chemistry 30, and Biology 30 continues to rise, while performance in Science 6, 9, and Physics 30 are consistent with last year after rising for four years.

  • Trends in Math 3, 6, 9, 30-1 and 30-2 cannot be determined because five years of data based on the current program of studies does not yet exist.

  • Participation in Grade 9 Provincial Achievement Tests was significantly impacted by the June 2013 flooding in Southern Alberta. Caution should be used when interpreting trends for specific groups or school boards affected by flooding.

  • Participation in Math, Chemistry, Physics, and Science diploma exams was significantly impacted by the June 2013 flooding in southern Alberta. Caution should be used when interpreting trends for specific groups or school boards affected by flooding.

  • Participation in English and Social Studies diploma exams was not affected by the floods.


  • To ensure the safety of students, teachers, and staff, Alberta Education granted exemptions from diploma exams to students in flood-affected areas. More than 9,000 students received a total of more than 11,000 individual diploma exam exemptions. Roughly 20 per cent of exemption eligible students chose to write diploma exams despite the exemption.

  • For students within affected areas who received an exemption from their diploma exam and chose not to write the exam, the student’s school-awarded mark for June was considered final.
  • Grade 9 Provincial Achievement Tests were cancelled in affected areas.
  • School authorities affected by the exemptions were located primarily in southern and central Alberta.


Annual reports are provided province-wide for Diploma Examination Results for the entire school year; that is, for the November, January, April, June and August examinations combined. Additionally, these reports provide summaries of multiyear results as well as results by gender and for subgroups.

This section contains the Achievement Testing Results. Alberta Education and school authority personnel are responsible for ensuring that high-quality education is provided to all students in the province. Information about achievement is provided to schools and school authorities, parents, and the public, so that they may know how well students in their schools are meeting local targets and provincial expectations.

School and School Authority Results

This section contains a searchable database where you can get the multiyear reports for schools and jurisdictions that have had students write diploma examinations or achievement tests. You can search by school or school authority and by subject name.

Data Files (Microsoft Excel Format) 
This section contains summary Excel files which contain results for diploma and achievement exams for all schools and authorities.