Measuring Progress

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K-12 Literacy Index


Target: The target for the Literacy Index rate is at or above 75% by 2024

How we are doing now

The K-12 Literacy Index is trending very slightly upward as we continue to move towards the target.

Data Source

The K-12 Literacy Index provides a single, over-all measure of student learning progress and outcomes related to literacy at key grades in the K-12 system. The index aggregates data from four different sources (Grade 3/4 Literacy Assessment, Grade 8 Reading Comprehension, Grade 8 Expository Writing, and Grade 12 Language Arts) across three school programs (English, Français, and French Immersion) in public and funded independent schools. The index is weighted by the number of students being assessed, so assessments being completed by more students are weighted more than assessments being completed by fewer students.

How we are doing over time

2017/18: 63.4%
2018/19: 64.0%

Why This Matters

Literacy skills are essential foundations towards better educational outcomes, economic well-being, and social inclusion. Monitoring this indicator is essential to ensure that government’s educational programs for children are working effectively in improving their foundational skills.

Next steps

On March 15, 2021, the Manitoba government released the Commission on K-12 Education Report, Our Children’s Success: Manitoba’s Future and accepted the spirit and intent of the 75 recommendations contained in the report. The government also released the, Better Education Starts Today: Putting Students First, which outlines government’s vision and set of priority actions needed to ensure we are putting Manitoba students first and takes into account the learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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