Elementary Assessment, Evaluation and Report Cards: Information for Parents About Assessment and Reporting
On April 27, 2020, the Minister of Education stated, "If students can improve their marks over this period, let them do so. It's not a time to reduce their mark. It's really a time to see how we can strengthen their marks."
Final report cards will be provided for all elementary students at the end of June. Final report cards will be full reports and will include grades/marks, learning skills, work habits and comments.
This report card is for a reporting period that included provincially-mandated school closure from March 13, 2020 – June 30, 2020.
Final report cards are required and will be issued for all elementary students.
• Teachers will use assessment for learning (formative assessment) to gather evidence of how students are progressing in their learning and will provide feedback to their students to support their continuous and ongoing learning. In determining final grades and marks for the final report card, teachers will use the evaluation information gathered from the beginning of term 2 to March 13th. When in the best interest of students, teachers are encouraged to include evidence of learning completed during the school closure period in their determination of final grades. Teachers should choose to include comments on the final report card if they feel that doing so would support the student's progress.
• Students in Grades 1 to 8 will be assigned the grades/marks based on their learning from the beginning of Term 2 to March 13th, 2020. Grades and marks will not go down from what they were on March 13th. No student's mark should be negatively affected by performance during the school closure period. Evidence collected during the school closure period that shows improvement in learning, may be taken into consideration by the educator assigning a final grade/mark in a strand or subject.
• For students who were able to engage in learning during the closure period and demonstrate progress, teachers may also include the following statement: The grade/mark for (enter student name) is based on demonstrated learning prior to the school closure period, as well as evidence of progress gathered during the school closure period. For students who were unable to engage during the closure period, teachers may include the following comment: The grade/mark for (enter student name) is based on demonstrated learning prior to the school closure period.
• In cases where this is insufficient evidence of learning, in a particular subject or strand (including math strands), the code "I" may be used on a student's report card. Educators will use their professional judgement to determine when the use of "I" is appropriate and in the best interest of the student. In the case where "I" is used for this purpose, the following statement may be included on the report card: Due to the school closure period, there is insufficient information to determine a grade/mark.
• Ratings for Learning Skills and Work Habits will reflect the period from the beginning of Term 2 to March 13. Teachers may choose to include comments on growth in Learning Skills and Work Habits demonstrated during the school closure period when it is to the student's benefit. Educators may include the following statement in the comment section of the report card when there is no demonstration of growth during the closure period: For this report, the evaluation of Learning Skills and Work Habits is based on evidence from prior to the school closure period.
• The Kindergarten Communication of Learning will be based on the observations of key learning and growth from the beginning of Term 2 to March 13th in each of the Four Frames. Teachers may choose to include comments on growth and learning demonstrated during the school closure period when it is to the child's benefit.
• The Alternative Report Card for students in GAINS classrooms will be based on teacher and support staff observations of expectations in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) from the beginning of Term 2 to March 13th. Educators could include comments on growth in learning demonstrated during the school closure period when it is to the child's benefit, for example, data collected from Boardmaker On-line or Lexia.
• Due to issues such as privacy and security, students and families will be mailed a paper copy of their report card at the end of June.
We encourage parents/guardians to contact their Teachers, Principal or Vice-Principal, if they have any questions about their academic progress or the final report card for their child. We are pleased to be of assistance and support to students and families.