Communication of Student Learning - Reporting Tools

Sharing Student Progress

It’s fun to compare your six-foot tall 16-year old with that little height mark you put on the wall when he was two. Measuring growth as a learner is a little more challenging than a pencil mark on the wall, but students and parents alike share the same keen interest in being able to see growth.

RVS’ Communication of Student Learning (CoSL) process is designed to help students build knowledge of themselves as learners, while capturing their proficiency in demonstrating learner outcomes and facilitating conversations about the next steps on the student’s learning journey. It is a comprehensive strategy based on current assessment research. CoSL includes: Goal-Setting, Three-Way/Triad Conferences, Student Portfolios, PowerSchool Public Portal and Report Cards.


Learner goal-setting is a shared activity between students, teachers and parents. Proven to boost both achievement and confidence in one’s ability, this collaborative activity helps students understand where they are in their learning journey and the strategies required to move forward successfully.

Three-Way/Triad Conferences

Parent/teacher/student conferences are scheduled periodically throughout the year to review a student’s progress to date and set goals for the next steps of the learning journey. The frequency and format for scheduled conferences varies, depending on grade level and community. Parents also may schedule a conference with their child’s teacher at other times of the year to learn of their child’s progress as a learner.

Student Portfolios

Student portfolios gather evidence of student learning in one physical and/or online space. It is a place for students to select, organize and reflect on their learning. For beginning learners, there may be physical artifacts of learning, such as writing samples, essays and works of art. As they advance, learners begin to collect a digital archive of their learning. This may be a video of a beginning reader reading aloud, or a video production by a middle school student communicating original understanding of a world conflict. This gives students, teachers and parents numerous examples of the learning that has taken place to help them determine what steps are needed to further skill development.

PowerSchool Public Portal

An important component of CoSL for parents and students is RVS’ PowerSchool Public Portal – a window where parents and students can view ongoing learning progress. To access the portal, parents must first set up an account via a username and password. After the account is set up, the school will provide a unique ID for each student to link to the parent account. If students are in K – Gr. 6, progress is best viewed via the computer. If students are in Gr. 7 – 12, there is an app that can be downloaded to a smart phone (the app does not match how RVS reports on achievement for K – Gr. 6 students). The goal is to ensure parents don’t have to wait for report cards to know how their child is doing, rather they can share the learning journey with their child throughout the year.

Report Cards

Finally, at various times of the year, depending on your child’s school, parents will receive a report card, which provides a snapshot of their child’s learning. Report cards outline a student’s academic achievement toward the outcomes specified in Alberta’s programs of study. It also provides a summary report of how well a student is developing learner competencies – the skills needed to be an independent lifelong learner.

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