Assessment of student progress is ongoing and may take a variety of forms. It looks different for each student and we try to accommodate a wide variety of needs and abilities. We have three formal assessment times during the year - the end of November, beginning of March, and June. Interviews will be set up during those times for you and your child(ren) to share your learning with your teacher.
During your assessment interview you should be prepared to share information about your child's learning. This can take many forms and does not need to encompass everything listed below. As a minimum we require samples of student work and an indication of the learning outcomes covered.
Suggested samples of evidence - parents may include some or all of the following:
- Samples of Work - This could include reading responses, worksheets, letters, story maps, poetry, tests, projects, charts, research assignments or reports, posters, drawings, journal entries, book report. If necessary we can photocopy the original.
- Written description of skills/activities/concepts covered this term.
- Portfolio - Portfolios provide an excellent opportunity to demonstrate student learning. Portfolios can be cross curricular and should include specific information. Portfolios can contain:
Here are some possible products/artifacts to include:
diagrams models photographs worksheets
story maps book reports reading logs research projects
posters poetry letters charts
tests learning log powerpoint presentation diorama
audio tapes video tapes journal entries stories
web site script
Specific Items to Include:
Language Arts - writing performance task, book report, reading log - list of books read with general comments, story map, sample of reading on tape or photocopy one that represents the child's ability
Math - numeracy performance task, unit test or assignment, diagram showing problem solving solution
Science - for those using the Scholastic Science modules each one includes a culminating project which should be included in the portfolio; most modules also include a unit test; other science products could be diagrams, experiment reports including observations and conclusions, photographs showing stages of a research project.
Social Studies - for those using the Oxford Social Studies texts or unit studies you could include written assignments showing applications such as identifying and clarifying a problem, issue or inquiry; research should demonstrate organization of information.
PE - The PE Learning Outcomes cover Active Living, Alternative-Environment Activities, Dance, Games, Gymnastics, Individual and Dual Activities, and Personal and Social Responsibility. Portfolios should include a log of activities and indicate which strand is being covered.
Music - audio or video can be included, written reviews of performances, compositions (even simple rhythmic ones), personal reflections and analysis of music listened to.
Art - samples showing specific learning principles
Second Language - audio/video tapes, written assignments/projects, dramatizations
Student Assessment - why an item was chosen, what it shows about their learning, how they could improve
4. Reading Log or Journal - Student produced record of books read, possibly with a rating scale or comment.
5. Learning Log - Student or parent-produced record of learning, possibly with some reflective comments by the student (what did they learn, what did they like about it, what do they still wonder about).
6. Activity Log - used for activity based programs, PE or art. 7. Self-Evaluation - Student produced comments where the students think about their learning (what they did well, what they need to improve on), evaluate their progress, set goals for future learning.
7. Multimedia - This may include photos, powerpoint presentations, audio samples or video of projects.