Why is the report card changing?
The report card is changing for the following reasons: Assessment for learning has changed our traditional practices and these changes in assessment practices need to be reflected in how we report progress. We need our report card to be aligned with these changes. This new reporting practice is more accurate and reflective of your child’s achievement of the learning outcome and will help better communicate your child’s progress and inform next steps in learning.
What will the report card look like?
The report card will have a new title called a Learner Profile. The academic component will consist of subject areas. It will have focus areas listed under these subjects. For example under Grade 3 Science one of the focus areas are Rocks and Minerals. Numerous specific curriculum outcomes will make up each focus area.
There will be a section on Characteristics of Successful Learners. The characteristics that contribute to a student’s success in school include students being an active participant in their learning, having effective personal management skills, and demonstrating social responsibility and citizenship. These characteristics are not used in determining grades and instead are reported separately.
How will the grades be communicated?
Achievement indicators will be defined on the report card and will describe how well the student has learned a particular outcome. This eliminates the need for percent as these indicators more accurately describe your child’s progress. The Achievement indicators are Demonstrates Limited Achievement, Demonstrates Basic Achievement, Demonstrates Proficient Achievement and Demonstrates Excellent Achievement.