Reporting Tools - CoSL

Sharing Student Progress

1. Learning Goals

Learner goal setting is a shared activity between students, teachers and parents. Goal setting helps students understand where they are in their learning and envision where they'd like to be. From there, they map out strategies to achieve their goal. Studies show that this type of goal-setting boosts both achievement and a student's confidence in their ability.

2. Portfolios

Learner portfolios gather evidence of student learning in one physical and/or online space. This gives students, teachers, and parents numerous examples of the learning that has taken place and help them to determine what next steps are needed to further skill development.

3. Teacher/Parent/Student Conferences

Parents are encouraged to request a meeting with teachers whenever they would like more information, or have questions and concerns. Parent/teacher/student conferences are scheduled periodically through the year. The frequency of scheduled conferences varies depending on grade level.

4. Power School Parent Online Portal

The Power School Online Portal is a key online resource for parents that provides ongoing information about student progress

5. Report Cards

Report cards are best thought of as summaries of the comprehensive evidence of learning contained in the Learning Portfolio. These evidence summaries are shared with parents at regular intervals with frequency and timing dependent on the grade level. While there is currently some variance in format, new summary reports are being phased in for the 2013/14 school year and will be consistent across the system by the 2015/16 school year.

6. Provincial Student Assessments

Alberta Education is revising provincial student assessments to take place at the beginning of the school year so teachers,students, and parents begin the year with a better understanding of the student's current level.

Grade 3 students will be the first to write the new assessments in pilots starting September 2014 with full implementation expected by 2016. Pilots for Grades 6 (2015) and 9 (2016) will follow.

Parents of Grades 6 and 9 students will continue to get results of Provincial Achievement Tests until 2015/16. Teachers may choose to use Provincial Achievement Test results for up to 10 percent of the report card grade for Grades 3 and 6 and up to 25 percent for Grade 9.

7. Diploma Exams

Diploma examinations are one way of ensuring consistent standards of achievement province-wide. Fifty percent of a student's final grade is based on the diploma exam result with the remainder determined by the classroom grade.

 

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