Each school board in Alberta sets goals in their education plan. Each goal includes targets that describe what will be accomplished by a certain time. One of these targets is school and school board performance in provincial, standardized tests like the Provincial Achievement Tests. School boards set these targets themselves, and are most helpful if they reflect the targets set by individual schools. Looking at the results of these tests can reveal where students need more help to continue learning.
Provincial tests, while a useful tool that is the same across the province, are only one way to see how well a school is performing. Schools and school boards may set targets for other measures of student achievement, and even targets that have nothing to do with student achievement. Setting these targets can involve parents and other members of the community to reflect local priorities. They can help students learn, and even help the overall education of the community.
The provincial standards are the base used to see how well students have learned English and French/Français language arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies by the end of Grade 6 and Grade 9. These standards reflect the essentials that all Alberta students are expected to achieve, regardless of school choice or location.