Reporting Student Achievement
Assessment is Important
In Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools, we are committed to transforming the learners of today into the leaders of tomorrow. We believe every student can learn and experience success. One of the ways we help all students be successful is by always improving the way we assess and evaluate what students learn. Through careful evaluation of their achievement and growth, we can share information with students, parents and guardians.
Assessment means gathering information about what the student knows, understands and can show the teacher based on the Alberta Programs of Study (curriculum) or their Individualized Program Plan (IPP). Teachers cannot use the students’ behaviour, effort and work habits to decide on their grades, marks or scales unless it is outlined in the Alberta programs of study for a specific subject.
Teachers regularly gather information about students’ learning through a variety of assessment tools. These tools can include observations, conversations, the submission of student work, and tests or quizzes. Through these feedback opportunities, teachers determine students’ areas of strength and the areas in which students may need more time or practice. These assessment activities help teachers shape their lesson plans and allow teachers to give students, parents and guardians a clear and accurate picture of achievement and growth.
Types of Assessment Used in the Classroom
Formative Assessment (Assessment for Learning)
Throughout the year, the student will work on many activities that help them increase what they know and practice their skills. These activities show the student’s teachers how they are doing, their strengths and where they can improve.
Teachers use this information to adjust their teaching, give the student feedback to help them improve and prepare the student for times when they will receive grades, marks and codes.
Summative Assessment (Assessment of Learning)
During the school year, the student will have a chance to show what they have learned up to that point in time.
Using their judgment as professionals, teachers make decisions and give grades, marks and codes to the student. They base these decisions on what they’ve seen the student do (observations), discussions they have had with the student (conversations) and the work the student has completed (products).
Missing or Incomplete Student Work
Student "work" is evidence of learning. Without evidence of a student's learning, teachers are unable to assess student progress in meeting Provincial Program of Studies Outcomes.
When a student has missing or incomplete work, we will:
- meet with the student to discuss a plan to complete the work
- provide reasonable supports for the work to be completed and submitted. This might include:
- extra time,
- provision of school time to complete the work and/or
- provision of teacher assistance
- provide reasonable task adaptation/modification if needed
If continued concerns regarding completion/submission of assignments occur, parents will be contacted either by phone calls and/or email
Students may ask or be asked to re-do an assignment or summative assessment. In order to show their teacher they are ready to complete a re-do, a student may be asked to work with their teacher one-one-one or to complete extra practice for feedback to ensure the student will be successful on the re-do