In the late winter of 2003, AIMS released its first Report Card on Atlantic Canadian High Schools. The objective of the report card is to stimulate ongoing improvement in system accountability, school performance and the report card itself through discussion and debate on best practices and ways to improve reporting to students, parents, teachers, administrators and other education stakeholders.
The impact of AIMS Report Card was immediate. Within weeks, every provincial department of education announced improved accountability measures and an unprecedented level of debate surrounding school performance emerged in the media.
In this third edition of Ideas Matter, AIMS gathers together some of the highlights of its Education Reform Initiative over the past 8 years, including highlights from AIMS 1997 conference, Choosing Better Schools, regional response to the first Report Card and the remarkable story of the success of the Edmonton public school system as told by its leading architect, Superintendent Angus McBeath.