Communicating Student Learning

Overview of CSL and Rationale

The BC Curriculum has been renewed to respond to the changes in the 21st Century. The new curriculum is student-centred, flexible, and maintains a focus on literacy and numeracy, while supporting deeper learning.

As the curriculum has changed, so too must the assessment and reporting of student progress. The purpose of reporting and communicating student learning is for students to be more involved with their learning and to ensure that parents are well informed about their children’s progress, while being aligned with the direction of the revised curriculum. Throughout K-9, student progress in relation to the learning standards will be documented and communicated to students by teachers through ongoing assessment.

School District 22 is embracing these changes and supporting our students by moving from Reporting TO Parents, to Communicating WITH Parents on an ongoing basis. There will be more focus on growth and progress. This involves more fluid processes and changes in what we assess and how we assess, as well as how we communicate student learning to students and their families/caregivers.

The goal of communicating student learning is to ensure that communication between home and school is effective and timely, so that:

  • parents are well informed about their child’s progress;
  • parents are involved as partners in a dialogue about their child’s progress and the best ways to support and improve learning; and
  • students are provided with information that is meaningful to them and helps them to improve their own learning.

What’s Different?

​Elementary (K-7)

1. A proficiency scale with strength-based feedback will be used instead of grades.
2. Reporting will no longer be an event. Report cards and terms are replaced with ongoing Points of Progress.
3. Fall and Spring Conferences will be focused on student goals and growth.
4. A summary report at the end of the school year will be provided to students and parents.

​Secondary (Grades 8 & 9)

1. A proficiency scale with strength-based feedback will be used instead of grades.
2. Mid-term reporting will be replaced with Points of Progress.
3. Semester 1 and 2 conferences will provide an opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to conference on student learning.
4. A summary report at the end of each semester will be provided to students and parents.

Points of Progress

Points of progress (ongoing communication) are the meaningful, varied, and responsive ways in which teachers provide parents with timely information about how their child is progressing in relation to the learning standards and what the child can do to extend or grow in their understanding.

A variety of formats may be used to communicate student learning and build relationships with families. Formats include, but are not limited to:

  • growth plan or student-led conferences
  • portfolios and e-portfolio reviews
  • parent/teacher/community meetings
  • written comments
  • documented conversations
  • student work samples with descriptive feedback from the teacher


Understanding the Proficiency Scale

All schools (K-9) will use the provincial proficiency scale to report student progress. This will replace any previously used performance scales, letter grades, and percentages. The provincial proficiency scale will be used to provide consistent communication of student growth and progress in all areas of learning and describes level of proficiency in relation to learning standards of the provincial curricula.

Strength-Based Feedback

Using a strength-based approach, all written descriptive comments will describe students’ strengths (what they know, do, and understand), as well as areas for improvement/development, and specific steps they can take to improve in relation to grade level learning standards.

Conferences (K-7)

The Fall and Spring Conferences serve as two points of progress during the school year that provide an opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to share student progress in areas of learning focusing on strengths and areas of growth.

The Fall conference is an opportunity to establish and build relationships, and collaboratively develop meaningful goals for student growth. Supports required should also be identified during the conference.

The Spring conference is an opportunity to follow up on student progress towards the set goals.

Conferences (Grades 8 & 9)

High school conferences (for Grades 8 & 9) will be an opportunity for students, parents and teachers to discuss student learning. This could include a review of a portfolio or specific evidence of learning in either digital or hard copy, and will incorporate:
• the provincial proficiency scale; and
• written descriptive strength-based comments.

Summary Report

The Summary Report is a written report on student progress in relation to the learning standards in all subjects. It is provided to parents at the end of the year in elementary and at the end of the semester in high school. Progress is communicated using strength-based feedback and next steps for learning, as well as the provincial proficiency scale is used in each area of learning. The Summary Report also includes comments on student engagement and the student self-assessment of the Core Competencies.

Communications to Parents

School District 22 strives to have open communication with our parents and students. Visit our social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) for a series of Frequently Asked Questions, or return to this page as we continue on this journey of enhancing the communication of student learning.

Throughout this shift to communicating student learning, parents will be asked for their feedback through surveys and dialogues at PAC meetings. We also encourage you to provide feedback directly to school-based admin as well.

Click on the following links for more information:

Communicating Student Learning K-9 Parent Guide

Communicating Student Learning - Parent Presentation

Frequently Asked Reporting Questions

The Land Who Went Gradeless - video

Written Points of Progress - Parent Information (Dec 2019)

K-9 Student Progress Reporting Policy - Ministry of Education Newsletter

Communicating Student Learning Committee

The Communicating Student Learning process for School District 22 was a collaborative effort between SD22 staff, parents and students. The CSL Committee included six teachers, three school-based administrative staff, three district office staff, three parents and two students.

Over the course of the 2018-2019 school year, the committee explored how communicating student learning could provide more descriptive feedback to students and parents about their growth and progress.


If you have more questions or would like to further discuss Communicating Student Learning, please contact the office at your child’s school to set up a meeting with the teacher or school-based admin.