Measuring Progress

Transparent Reporting on Government's Progress

K-12 Literacy Index

Not Applicable Sans Objet

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


This measure has not been updated due to the cancellation of provincial assessments in Grades 3/4, 7/8, and 12 because of the COVID 19 pandemic in 2019/20 and 2020/21. The department is currently developing new assessments and scorecard measures to replace this measure.

How we are doing now

The department is currently developing new assessments and scorecard measures to replace this measure.

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 April 20, 2022, the Manitoba government launched the Manitoba K to 12 Education Action Plan in response to the 75 recommendations of the Manitoba Commission on Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education (March 2021). The Action Plan includes four pillars: high-quality learning; student engagement and well-being; excellence in teaching and leadership; and responsive systems, which work together to improve educational outcomes with student achievement and well-being at the center of all planning and decisions.

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