Assessment, Evaluation & Reporting Update

Elementary


Dear Student, Parent or Guardian,

On May 27th, the Ministry of Education provided further clarification to Boards regarding Assessment and Evaluation standards for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, with all students receiving a final report card by mail.

This letter serves the purpose of providing clarification to students, parents, and guardians regarding final evaluations and reporting. Schools will continue to use the document titled: Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, 2010 and Growing Success – The Kindergarten Addendum: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, 2016.

Recognizing the exceptional circumstances at present, schools have made assessment and evaluation practices flexible by way of extending timelines, changing tasks and tailoring instruction for a Learn at Home environment.

The Kindergarten Communication of Learning will be based on 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 in learning demonstrated during the school closure period when it is to the child’s benefit.

For grades 1 to 8, final letter grades/marks will reflect work completed by March 13th, as well as any work completed after the March Break that serves to improve the student’s final mark. Teachers will consider that evidence of learning carries greater weight than other evidence, for example; some performance tasks are richer and reveal more about students’ skills and knowledge than others. Teachers will weigh all evidence of student achievement in light of these considerations and will use their professional judgement to determine the student’s report card grade. In some cases there may be insufficient evidence of learning in a particular subject or strand (including math strands), and the code “I” (An “I” denotes insufficient information to determine a grade/mark.) may be used on a student’s report card. Teachers will use their professional judgement to determine when the use of “I” is appropriate ,when it is in the best interest of the student.

Reporting of Learning Skills and Work Habits will reflect information gathered prior to March 13th. 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.

For student’s on an Individualized Education Program (IEP), where an alternative format is being used, (that is not based on expectations from the Ontario curriculum for Grades 1 to 8), an alternative report will accompany the Provincial Report Card.

If you have any other questions please contact your school Principal.


Sincerely,
Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board



Secondary School

Assessment, Evaluation & Reporting Update

Dear Student, Parent or Guardian,

On May 27th, the Ministry of Education provided further clarification to Boards regarding Assessment and Evaluation standards for the remainder of the 2020 school year. This letter serves the purpose of providing clarification to students, parents, and guardians regarding final evaluations and reporting. Schools will continue to use the document titled: Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, 2010.

Recognizing the exceptional circumstances at present, schools have made assessment and evaluation practices flexible by way of extending timelines, changing tasks and tailoring instruction for a Learn at Home environment. For all grades, final grades will reflect work completed by March 13th, as well as any work completed after the March Break that serves to improve the student’s final mark. Teachers will consider that some evidence of learning carries greater weight than other evidence, for example; some performance tasks are richer and reveal more about students’ skills and knowledge than others.

Teachers will assign learning tasks, projects and culminating activities for both formative and summative purposes. Teachers will communicate the results of these marked assignments to students. Results will be used by teachers to determine students’ final course marks.

The March 13th Mark / Mid-term mark for Grade 12s and Calculating a Final Mark

By June 4th, teachers will inform students of their mark as of March 13th. Grade 12 Teachers will use the Mid-term mark. Once this mark is sent to students, it will establish the lowest mark the student shall achieve. Teachers will then calculate a mark based on assessments until the end of the year. If this mark is higher than the March 13th mark / Mid-term mark, this new mark will be used in the final report. If it is lower than the March 13th / Mid-term mark, then the March 13th/ Mid-term mark stands as the final mark.

Careers and Civics Courses
For students enrolled in Civics and Careers (half-credit courses in the second semester), their final mark for these courses at the time of school closures, will be based on work completed as of March 13th. For the second half-credit in Civics or Careers, there is an expectation that some demonstration of learning will be provided by students in order to successfully complete the course. When the student does not provide sufficient evidence of learning, the student will be assigned an "I" designation, and will not receive the half-credit for that course.

What an “I” means on a Report Card
An “I” reported as a final mark denotes insufficient information to determine a grade/mark. Students receiving an “I” as a final mark will not receive the credit.

Alternative Report Cards
For student’s utilizing alternative programming (grades 9-12) where an alternative format is being used, (that is not based on expectations from the Ontario curriculum), an alternative report will accompany the Provincial Report Card.

Specialist High Skills Major Courses
The SHSM program has an override request process already in place for school boards. Graduating students in the SHSM program unable to complete class requirements (due to extenuating circumstances, including the impacts from COVID-19), will be supported through the override request process.

College Dual Credits
The college instructor or professor is responsible for the assessment and evaluation of student achievement.

If you have any other questions please contact your school Principal.

Sincerely,
Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board

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