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December 2017/ January 2018 Principal Message

Important Report Card Dates:

  • December 21, 2017: Your child’s first report card goes home
  • June 28, 2018: Your child’s second report card goes home

The purpose of this correspondence is to provide you as a parent with more information about your child’s report card. Please refer to the report card message that was sent home which provides parents with a number of additional resources to support you in understanding the format of the report card as well as how students are assessed.

Re: Your Child’s Report Card: What to expect

Alberta has shifted toward a new vision for education based on the information gathered through Inspiring Education; this vision promotes competencies for today’s world and for the future. The direction of our province, as well as current research on assessment, evaluation and student learning, require us to work together to understand and communicate about student learning in new ways. Like many other school divisions in Alberta, the CBE has designed assessment and reporting practices to reflect these provincial directions.

This year you will see three important parts of the report card:

      1. A curriculum letter which outlines the specific areas of the Provincial Program of Studies (curriculum) addressed this term
      2. The report card which includes a summative assessment of your child’s learning of specific “stems or outcomes” using a 1-4 proficiency scale
      3. Written personalized comments about your child’s overall personal and academic success

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How is my child assessed?
Assessing student learning is an ongoing cycle of gathering, interpreting, and responding to student work. Assessment is used to inform the next steps in learning and evaluate student knowledge and understanding in relationship to the learner outcomes.

Daily, ongoing assessment and report cards are not separate. They inform each other. Both are based on outcomes from the Programs of Study and inform next steps for learners and teachers. Formative assessment supports learning, summative assessment verifies learning, grading and reports cards summarize learning.


What is outcomes-based reporting?
Outcomes-based reporting in the CBE is when student learning is assessed and understood against an outcome, and communicated using an achievement indicator. Outcomes-based reporting provides clear descriptions of how well your child demonstrates the key skills, knowledge and attitudes identified in each course.


How were the outcomes developed?
The report card outcomes for each course are derived from the Alberta Programs of Study. The Program of Studies for each course sets out learning objectives for the content your child should understand, the skills they should develop, and the learning processes they should apply.


How will I know how well my child is doing in school?
The report card is one component in communicating student learning. In addition to the report card, schools communicate with parents about student progress on an ongoing basis in a variety of ways. Some other ways to learn how your child is doing are informal conversations with your child and your child’s teachers, celebrations of learning, student agendas, conferences, and online tools such as D2L.


How can parents use an outcomes-based report card to help support their child’s learning?
As a parent, you can better understand how to work with teachers to support your child’s learning by looking at the outcomes within each course. Through these outcomes, areas of strength and growth can be explored with your child in an ongoing dialogue that leads to the development of goals and strategies to support continued learning and success.


What are outcomes?
The outcomes describe what your child is expected to know and be able to do according to the Alberta Education Program of Studies (http://education.alberta.ca/teachers/program.aspx). Alberta Education publishes resources for parents that further describe what your child is expected to know and be able to do in each grade: More information is provided by Alberta Education in the document, “My Child's Learning: A Parent's Resource” (http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/mychildslearning/index.html )


What are achievement indicators?
Achievement indicators are established measures.  In the CBE we utilize a 1 to 4 indicator scale. The indicators are used to express the extent to which your child has demonstrated understanding of the outcomes. Please see the enclosed document (K-9 Indicator Scale: Understanding Proficiency Levels) to understand more about these indicators and what they indicate about your child’s learning.

Where can I find more information?

Parents are invited to visit the Calgary Board of Education website at http://www.cbe.ab.ca/Parents/assessment-and-reporting/introduction.asp for more information your child’s report card.  In addition, parents are encouraged to discuss any questions you may have with your child’s teacher or the school administration.  Ongoing discussions about assessment and reporting will also be a part of our school council meetings throughout the school year.

Sincerely,
Michelle Dozak

Proud Principal of
Glendale School
mmdozak@cbe.ab.ca

 

 

 

 

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