Understanding Assessment of Student Learning: Quick Reference Guide for Parents
(For the full brochure - PVSD_Understanding_Assessment_for_Learning_2011.pdf- )
Assessment requires thoughtful planning and implementation to support the learning process and to inform teaching. Assessment of student achievement is based on outcomes as identified in the provincial curriculum. Assessment involves the collection of information about student learning including: achievement expectations, effectiveness of strategies, and student self-reflection on learning. Teachers use assessment to guide and improve student learning. There are three purposes of assessment. Each contributes to overall picture of an individual student’s achievement.
1. Assessment for Learning involves the use of information about student progress to support and improve student learning and inform instructional practices. It occurs throughout the teaching and learning process, using a variety of tools. Examples include teacher made quizzes, checklists, questionnaires, reading running records, discussions, etc.
2. Assessment as Learning actively involves student reflection on learning and monitoring of their own progress. Through this process students gain a deeper understanding of their own learning processes. Examples include selfreflection documents, learning portfolios, goal setting, etc.
3. Assessment of Learning involves teachers’ use of evidence of student learning to make judgments about student achievement and to report on achievement. This occurs at the end of a learning cycle. Examples include report cards and final exams.
Description of System Assessments Used At Prairie Valley School Division
· Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment: Grades 1 - 8
The purpose is to determine the instructional levels for students. Results are submitted to division office on November 30, 2011 and May 21, 2012 but teachers are encouraged to administer the assessment throughout the year to monitor student progress in reading.
· RAD (Reading Assessment District): Grades 6 - 10
The purpose is to determine the comprehension strategies the students are using. Results are submitted to division office on October 7, 2011 and May 10, 2012. Teachers work together to collaboratively score the assessment results.
· Math Number Common Assessment: Grades 3 - 9
The purpose is to determine the achievement of number outcomes in the mathematics
curriculum. Results are submitted to division office by May 31, 2012. This assessment can be administered throughout the year as teachers use the results to guide the next steps of their instruction.
· Science Life Science Common Assessment: Grades 7
The purpose is to determine the achievement of life science outcomes in the science curriculum. Results are submitted to division office by May 31, 2012. This assessment can be administered throughout the year as teachers use the results to guide the next steps of their instruction.
· Provincial Assessment - Writing AFL: Grades 5, 8 and 11
The purpose is to determine writing achievement. The assessment period is April 16, 2012—May 4, 2012 with results being submitted directly to the Ministry of Education.
· Treaty Essential Learning Survey (TEL): Grade 7
The purpose is to determine knowledge of treaty essential learnings. The due date to submit this data is May.
· Early Development Instrument (EDI)
The purpose is to determine readiness to begin Grade 1. The due date to submit this data is early March. The assessment involves responses to a series of questions about teachers’ observations of Kindergarten students.