Assurance Framework (Plans and Reports)

Horizon has developed a performance reporting structure called the Assurance Dashboard for the entire Division to review the division's performance within the context of our strategic priorities. By looking at this regularly updated Assurance Dashboard, our Horizon staff and school families can reflect on the results and see what improvements we are continually making to best serve our students and staff.

Go to Assurance Dashboard

Notes:

1. Data values have been suppressed where the number of respondents/students is fewer than 6. Suppression is marked with an asterisk (*).

2. Participation in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 Diploma Exams was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the absence of Diploma Exams, achievement level of diploma courses were determined solely by school-awarded marks. Caution should be used when interpreting high school completion rate results over time.

3. The “N/A” placeholder for the “Current Result” for PAT and Diploma Exam measures are included until results can be updated in the Fall.

4. Aggregated PAT results are based upon a weighted average of percent meeting standards (Acceptable, Excellence). The weights are the number of students enrolled in each course. Courses included: English Language Arts (Grades 6, 9, 9 KAE), Français (6e et 9e année), French Language Arts (6e et 9e année), Mathematics (Grades 6, 9, 9 KAE), Science (Grades 6, 9, 9 KAE), Social Studies (Grades 6, 9, 9 KAE).

5. Participation in the Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams was impacted by the fires in 2016 and 2019, as well as by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021. Caution should be used when interpreting trends over time.

6. Aggregated Diploma results are a weighted average of percent meeting standards (Acceptable, Excellence) on Diploma Examinations. The weights are the number of students writing the Diploma Examination for each course. Courses included: English Language Arts 30-1, English Language Arts 30-2, French Language Arts 30-1, Français 30-1, Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 30-2, Chemistry 30, Physics 30, Biology 30, Science 30, Social Studies 30-1, Social Studies 30-2.

ASSURANCE FRAMEWORK

The Horizon School Division is committed to continued growth and optimal student learning. The Assurance Framework for educational planning represents that the Horizon Board of Trustees is committed to determining the level of confidence of the stakeholders in the educational system by developing clear strategic priorities. Assurance provides the framework for Horizon to continue to maintain close alignment with the direction and goals of the Ministry’s Alberta Education Business Plan with a stronger focus on being responsive and aligned to the needs of the Division’s school communities.

Horizon’s Assurance Education Plan and reporting is prepared under the direction of the Horizon Board of Trustees in accordance with its responsibilities under the Education Act and the Fiscal Planning and Transparency Act. As we continue the Assurance Framework in the division, the report and plan are formed within the context of the priorities document prepared by the division in conjunction with stakeholders as part of our engagement processes. The reporting structure is provided through the division dashboard as presented through the division website indicated by the links below.

Additionally, the information and documentation contained within the Horizon website were developed in the context of the provincial government’s business and fiscal plans. The Horizon Board of Trustees has used the results reported in the assurance plans and reports to develop and actualize the Horizon Assurance Education Plan and is committed to implementing the strategies identified to achieve our strategic priorities to improve student learning.

ACCOUNTABILITY STATEMENT FOR THE EDUCATION PLAN

The Education Plan for the Horizon School Division commencing the 2022-2023 school year was prepared under the direction of the Board/Board of Directors in accordance with the responsibilities under the Education Act and the Fiscal Planning and Transparency Act. This plan was developed in the context of the provincial government’s business and fiscal plans. The Board has used its performance results to develop the plan and is committed to implementing the strategies contained within the plan to improve student learning and results.

The Board approved the 2022/2025 Education Plan on May 31, 2022.

ACCOUNTABILITY STATEMENT FOR THE ANNUAL EDUCATION RESULTS REPORT

The Annual Education Results Report for the Horizon School Division for the 2021/2022 school year was prepared under the direction of the Board of Directors in accordance with the responsibilities under the Education Act and the Fiscal Planning and Transparency Act. The Board is committed to using the results in this report, to the best of its abilities, to improve outcomes for students and to ensure that all students in the school authority can acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to be successful and contributing members of society.

This Annual Education Results Report for 2021/2022 will be approved by the Board on November 28, 2022.

DIVISION ASSURANCE PLANNING, IMPLEMENTATION AND PUBLICATIONS

The planning implementation cycle involves the following steps:

  • Developing and updating Division and School Assurance Education Plans that aligns with both provincial goals, outcomes and performance measures and the Division’s vision, mission and values
  • Promoting community engagement
  • Preparing priority-based budgets that allocate or re-direct resources to support student learning, to achieve goals and to improve results
  • Implementing strategies to maintain or improve student learning, staff growth, and wellness
  • Monitoring implementation and adjusting the strategies outlined in the plan as needed
  • Using results to identify areas for improvement and to develop strategies and targets for the next plan, e.g. evidence-based decision making and
  • Communicating with stakeholders (staff, students, parents, or guardians, school councils, the public, and Alberta Education) about school authority plans and results

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT CYCLE

Successful work occurs within a continuous improvement cycle.

Horizon actively reviews ongoing data when planning, engaging and reporting with our stakeholders. Through the Active School Engagement process and our School Reviews,  division Senior Leadership commits to a regular schedule of school visits with school leadership engaging in a generative dialogue about their School Assurance plan and our division strategic priorities: quality teaching and optimum learning, and response to intervention.

Horizon’s Division Assurance Education Plan is the document which guides the strategic plans for the Division and Schools. The Assurance Education Plan and corresponding measures and results are featured primarily in a web-based format on the Division Assurance Dashboard in order to facilitate community access and transparency.

Horizon actively reviews ongoing data when planning, engaging and reporting with our stakeholders. 

The following links are provided for navigating the various reports contained within the Horizon website as part of the division commitment to clearly communicate the results, plans and provide transparency to all stakeholders.

Stakeholder Engagement
Horizon is committed to engaging with all members of society as stakeholders in education. As we achieve our mission to engage and empower all learners so that students will gain the knowledge and skills to be contributing citizens and the desire to develop as life-long learners, we will need to address effective ways of bridging perceived "gaps" in communication and involvement from our stakeholders.

Community assurance happens when community members, system stakeholders and education partners engage in cycles of continuous improvement within and across five domains:

  • Student Growth and Achievement
  • Teaching and Leading
  • Learning Supports
  • Governance
  • Local and Societal Context

An Assurance Model for planning means that the Horizon Board is committed to determining the level of confidence that our stakeholders have in our system. We endeavour to consider the insights of all our stakeholders, including:

  • Students
  • Parents
  • School Councils
  • Principals, Assistant Principals, Certified Staff, Non-Certified Staff, Division Staff
  • Alberta Teacher's Association, CUPE
  • Transportation Service Providers
  • Alberta School Boards Associations
  • College of Alberta School Superintendents
  • Board of Trustees
  • Community Members
  • Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers
  • Universities and Colleges of Alberta
  • County of Vulcan, County of Warner, M.D. of Taber, Town of Taber, and Town of Vauxhall
  • Government Agencies

Horizon relies on a multi-method approach to involve stakeholders in providing feedback:

  • Division Assurance Survey
  • Focus Groups at the school and division 
  • Review of all data measures. government and local 
  • Active School Engagement process with school administrators
  • School Review process at each school site
  • Observations of classroom and school practices
  • Review of local assessments and implementation of strategies to strengthen student learning

Horizon is committed to reviewing our Education Assurance Plans on an ongoing basis with all stakeholders, identifying milestones and adjusting according to the latest results from provincial and local measures and based on what we are learning from the implementation of the plan. Updated plans are published annually in the spring and reflect any adjustments made.

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2022-2025 Education Plan

Historic Plans and Reports

2021-2024 Education Plan

2020-2023 Education Plan & AERR
2020-2023 AERR summary

2019-2022 Education Plan & AERR
2019-2022 AERR summary

2018-2021 Education Plan & AERR
2018-2021 AERR summary

2017-2020 Education Plan & AERR
2017-2020 AERR summary

2016-2019 Education Plan & AERR
2016-2019 AERR summary

2015-2018 Education Plan & AERR
2015-2018 AERR summary

2014-2017 Education Plan & AERR
2014-2017 AERR Summary

2013-2016 Education Plan & AERR
2013-2014 AERR summary

Finance Reports