Assessment and Reporting of Student Learning

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Aspen View Public Schools

Aspen View Public Schools is committed to providing quality learning and assessments during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools have been working hard with parents and students to ensure students stay connected to their school and are continuing to learn during these exceptional times. Thank you for working together with us as partners in education while we navigate this new learning environment.

The Minister of Education has been clear that teachers are responsible for assessing each student’s progress and assigning a final grade. Each student will receive a report card, and students who were on track to progress to the next grade will do so.

Alberta Education has published guidelines for ongoing learning during the COVID -19 pandemic. It includes instructional hours, grade and course progressions, assessment and high school diploma criteria.

Teachers are working with students and parents to ensure students have every opportunity to be actively involved in their learning, whether it be through online, package or a blend of the two forms of delivery. Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their children’s learning, but know that they have ready access to teachers and other school staff when help is needed.

Teachers will continue to be responsible for providing feedback to students regarding:

1) Their learning
2) Assessing student progress and,
3) Reporting student progress. This includes assigning a final grade. Graded assessments will reflect the essential outcomes (or ‘big ideas’) that teachers will focus on for the remainder of the year. These are important learnings that will prepare students for moving on to the next grade or course level. During this period of learning, students will be provided multiple opportunities to improve their learning and to improve their grades.

Academic achievement will continue to be reported through PowerSchool. Please contact your child’s teacher for clarification or questions regarding posting of marks on PowerSchool.

Elementary

• No student shall be disadvantaged by cancellation of classes. Students who are able, healthy and supported are expected to continue learning in English Language Arts, French Language Arts and Mathematics.
• K-3: Essential outcomes (big ideas) should be the focus of learning in English Language Arts, French Language Arts and Mathematics.
• 4-6: Essential outcomes (big ideas) should be the focus of learning in English Language Arts, Mathematics and French Language Arts, and incorporate Science and Social Studies where possible.
• K-6: Teachers will assign an average of five hours of work per student per week, and will work with their students and parents on the delivery of these materials.
• Students who were on track to progress to the next grade will be assigned to the next grade in the new school year.
• Students who were not passing before March 15, 2020 must work to bring their grade above 50%.
• Students have every opportunity to improve their grade before the end of this term.
• Students engaged in the continuous student-learning platform will receive the mark they achieved by March 15, 2020, or a higher mark based on course work completed after March 15, 2020.
• Students who are unable or unwilling to engage in the continuous student-learning platform will receive a final mark based on their March 15, 2020 achievement.
• Final marks will be assigned to students in June.

Junior high

• No student shall be disadvantaged by cancellation of classes. Students who are able, healthy and supported are expected to continue learning in English Language Arts, French Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
• Essential outcomes (big ideas) will be the focus of learning.
• Teachers will assign an average of 10 hours of work per student per week, and will work with their students and parents on the delivery of these materials.
• Students who were on track to progress to the next grade will be assigned to the next grade in the new school year.
• Students who were not passing before March 15, 2020 must work to bring their grade above 50%.
• Students have every opportunity to improve their grade before the end of this term.
• Students engaged in the continuous student-learning platform will receive the mark they achieved by March 15, 2020, or a higher mark based on course work completed after March 15, 2020.
• Students who are unable or unwilling to engage in the continuous student-learning platform will receive a final mark based on their March 15, 2020 achievement.
• Final marks will be assigned to students in June.

High School

• Education content and assessment will focus on core subjects (English Language Arts, French Language Arts, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Science and Social Studies) and courses required for graduation.
• Teachers will assign an average of 3 hours per week in each course, and will work with their students and parents on the delivery of these materials.
• Students have every opportunity before the end of the term to improve their grade.
• All high school students on track to graduate in 2019-2020, will graduate.
• There will be no school-based final exams.
• School-awarded marks will account for 100% of the final official mark.
• Instruction will focus on essential outcomes or big ideas.
• Student will pass after mark increases to 50% or greater.
• If a student receives a passing mark, they will receive course-specific credits.
• If a student receives a failing mark (should be rare), they will not receive course specific credits, but may receive *unallocated credits (see below).
• Students engaged in the continuous student-learning platform will receive the mark they achieved by March 15, 2020, or a higher mark based on course work completed after March 15, 2020.
• Students who are unable or unwilling to engage in the continuous student-learning platform will receive a final mark based on their March 15, 2020 achievement.
• CTS courses consist of a bundle of 5 one-credit modules; students will only receive credit for the modules that they successfully complete by the end of June 2020. This impacts students who need to complete prerequisite module(s) needed to proceed to the next course level in sequence (school principals cannot waive prerequisites for CTS courses). This is also important information for keeping track of graduation requirements, which have not changed.

*Unallocated credits may be awarded. However, unallocated credits provide credit for credential consideration only and are not considered as prerequisites for other courses and do not replace coursework for dual credit recognition, such as apprenticeship courses. This may adversely affect student pathways to learning. Parents are encouraged to contact school administration to discuss their child’s high school completion plan.

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