Numeracy Plan

Division Priority Two: NLPS Will Improve Numeracy in Students

Our Priority

Northern Lights Public Schools is committed to building a culture of numeracy, empowering
learners, teachers and leaders to collectively shift their practice, giving meaning to mathematics as they improve numeracy skills and understanding of all students. This priority was established by the board after extensive consultations with students, parents and staff.

Our Definition

Alberta Education defines numeracy as the ability, confidence and willingness to engage with quantitative and spatial information to make informed decisions in all aspects of daily living.

Our Evidence of Improvement

Northern Lights students complete annual numeracy benchmark assessments using Canadian Achievement Test 4 (CAT4) and NLPS developed Common Assessments, in addition to the regular classroom assessments that occur. Results are reviewed by schools each year. Additionally, Provincial Achievement Tests and Provincial Diploma Exams are used to monitor student progress.

Our Actions

For All
Universal Supports -
Whole School

For Some
Targeted Support - Classroom Math
Instruction and Practice

For Few
Individualized/Specialized Supports and Interventions

Building Knowledge
and Capacity

Teaching, Learning
and Assessment


Improve and build a culture of numeracy in schools
Teachers engage in co-learning with our Learning Consultants (Numeracy series and Tools for Teachers series)

Support educators in the use of specialized population resources
Numeracy across content areas - empower all teachers to assume responsibility for enhancing numeracy understanding Design and provide mathematics learning opportunities focusing on curriculum expectations
Support educators with identifying timely and appropriate interventions for students needing additional support and gifted and talented students.

Increase student confidence related to numeracy Use a variety of learning experiences to support problem solving
Create supports for educators in building safe, responsive and inclusive mathematics learning environments to reduce math anxiety

Support administrators as supervisors and leaders in numeracy
Develop increased understanding around the use of manipulatives and resources to enhance and support student learning

Identify, learn about and implement research-based instructional and assessment strategies
Improve understanding of staff in relation to differentiating and personalizing learning experiences based on student needs


Explore and integrate the innovative use of emerging technologies and resources to enhance and transform teaching practice and student learning experiences

Support the analysis of student learning to develop lessons that address student interests as well as strengths and needs  
Nurture a collaborative relationship with families to support effective learning environments
Parent/family/guardian resources - provide opportunities for families to engage in mathematics together to develop a growth mindset and positive disposition towards learning

Work with learners to be self-reflective and advocate for their learning
Include information and supports regarding mathematics in communications to parents/guardians


Guide division professional development planning

Provision of the learning loss intervention grant led to the assessment of Grade 2/3 students and addition of supports to students identified below grade level


Our School Plans

As part of their improvement plans, each school in Northern Lights is implementing universal, targeted and individualized strategies to enhance support for students. These strategies align with divisional actions and are designed to meet the unique demographics and needs of each school.

Our Resources

Learning Consultants, Student Support Team Coordinators, Administrators, Teaching Staff,
Educational Assistants, Director of Learning - People Services.

Our Results

With significant gaps caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we consider any growth or academic improvement to be a positive step in the right direction and this is reflected in our goals set for the 2022-2023 school year.

Provincial Achievement Tests (Total Enrolled)

Grade/Standard 2018-2019 Results 2021-2022 Results 2022-2023 Targets
Grade 6 Acceptable Standard 72.1%   not yet available not yet available
Grade 6 Excellence Standard 9.7%   not yet available not yet available
Grade 9 Acceptable Standard 55.5%   not yet available not yet available
Grade 9 Excellence Standard 13.7%   not yet available not yet available

Provincial Diploma Exams

Grade/Standard 2018-2019 Results 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Results 2021-2022 Targets
Math 30-1 Acceptable Standard 66.3%   not yet available not yet available
Math 30-1 Excellence Standard 20%   not yet available not yet available
Math 30-2 Acceptable Standard 76.7%   not yet available not yet available
Math 30-2 Excellence Standard 14%   not yet available not yet available

Students who complete a diploma exam course and have a school-awarded mark are eligible for an exemption from writing the Provincial Diploma Exam. Whether or not they are registered, if they choose not to write the diploma exam, they will be granted the exemption. Excellence is defined as 80% or better.

NLPS Math Assessment (Total Writing)

Grade Group

May 2022 Results
(Average Achievement)
May 2023 Targets
Grades 1 to 3 CAT Assessment (participants) 90%   100%
          Grade 1 52%   60% (75% natl avg)
          Grade 2 44%   60% (75% natl avg)
          Grade 3 44%   60% (75% natl avg)
Grade 7-9 Common Assessments (participants) 50%   100%
          Grade 7 62%   67%
          Grade 8 56%   61%
          Grade 9 48%   60%

Grade 1 to 3 CAT4 Average achievement is based on a stanine score of four and above from the Canadian Test Centre norm-referenced data.
Grade 7 to 9 Common assessment participation was negatively impacted by the COVID
pandemic and higher validity of the data will come from higher participation.