Supporting your Child's Learning through Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting
The purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning
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Ontario students will bring home new and improved provincial report cards starting in the 2010-11 school year. These changes are part of Growing Success, the government's updated policy on the assessment, evaluation and reporting of student achievement.
What role do I have as a parent?
We know that you, as a parent or guardian, are vital partners in your child's education and that children do better at school when their parents are involved.
We know that you want clear, meaningful and understandable information about how your child is doing at school. We know you want to hear from your child's teacher regularly throughout the school year. This policy — with its new report cards — will help make that happen.
What is different for elementary students?
Beginning this school year, elementary students in Grades 1 to 8 will bring home a new fall progress report card and two revised provincial report cards, one in winter and one at the end of the school year.
The new fall progress report card:
Essential Learning Skills and Work Habits
There are six learning skills and work habits now emphasized throughout Grades 1 to 12 in all Ontario report cards:
The improved elementary provincial report card:
When will my child bring these elementary provincial report cards home?
There are three formal and required reporting periods for elementary grades.
Exact dates are set by individual school boards.
Have the secondary provincial report cards changed?
When will secondary students bring provincial report cards home?
Will teachers' comments be easy to understand?
Will I hear from my child's teacher at other times?
How do teachers determine my child's grades?
This learning means more than just knowing the facts. Students must also show an understanding of what they are studying by communicating and applying what they have learned. They must also demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
All work is reviewed with special attention given to the quality of work at the end of a unit of study, term or semester. Teachers do not simply calculate averages. As well as looking at tests or assignments, they also talk to and observe your child in the classroom to gather as much information as possible before making a decision on the final grade.
What is homework used for?
What does an “R” mean on my child's provincial report card in Grades 1 to 8?
What does an “I” mean on my child's Grades 1 to 10 provincial report card?
Are there consequences for cheating or plagiarizing?
Are there consequences for not completing work or submitting work late?
Your child is responsible for showing what he or she has learned or accomplished in the time frame allowed by their teacher.
Ontario's policy lists many strategies teachers can use to both prevent and address late and missed assignments. Options range from peer tutoring and offering time-management lessons to school-wide planning of major assignments.
In all grades, if your child consistently misses assignments or hands in work late, this may be reflected in the Learning Skills and Work Habits section of the report card. Grades 7 to 12 students may also have marks deducted.
Ask your school about its policy on late or missed assignments.
Have Ontario's education standards changed?
No. The Ontario curriculum clearly shows what students are expected to know and be able to do in all subjects and courses. Each student is assessed and evaluated against the same high provincial standards.
Why is more prominence and emphasis being given to learning skills and work habits?
Research shows students need to learn more than just facts if they want to succeed in postsecondary education and the world of work.
Ontario's students are also learning to take initiative, work independently, be self-reliant and work in a team. Schools are teaching critical thinking and problem solving skills in order to give your child the ability to seize every opportunity for jobs and growth in the new knowledge economy.
Why did the government introduce a new assessment, evaluation and reporting policy?
Ontario's teachers will use assessment and evaluation practices and procedures that:
Growing Success policy document PDF in English.
Find more information about your child's report cards and progress reports.