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Assessment and Determination of Final Marks during COVID-19

May 07, 2020

Overall Expectation for Learning: Preparedness for the Next Level


Peace Wapiti Public School Division recognizes that the delivery and content of courses is going to be different from our normal practices.


Teachers are determining which essential outcomes will be addressed for the remainder of the year. The focus will be the big ideas/key learnings that students will require as they transition to the next grade or course. To support students in being prepared for the next level of these courses, it will be important for them to engage in learning activities as much as possible.


Any learning activities shared with students and families will be explicitly connected to the essential outcomes that have been identified. We recognize that families have many different responsibilities and concerns during this time. As teachers plan learning activities for students to engage in remotely, they are considering what is reasonable and manageable for students and families. 


Alberta Education has cancelled all provincial assessments (i.e., Grade 6 and 9 provincial achievement tests and Grade 12 diploma exams). To align with this direction, whole-class final exams will not be utilized for grading purposes at any grade level. 



Kindergarten - Grade 6

Feedback and Assessment for Ongoing Learning 


The priority for K-6 learning is to provide parents with academic work to ensure learning opportunities to continue. 


Feedback will play a critical role as students engage in learning remotely. Each learning activity shared with students and families will outline what the student is expected to be able to understand and do. Teachers will support students with self-assessment, and particularly in earlier grades, support families to know if the student is on the right track. Examples may also be shared to help clarify expectations. Ongoing communication between home and school is an integral part of assessment and reporting.


Feedback will clearly identify both strengths and areas for growth related to the essential outcome(s) being addressed through each learning activity.


Report Cards 


Final report cards will be distributed in June. These report cards will include the prioritized outcomes taught (without a mark attached), and comments for each course in which content was delivered. 


Students will not be disadvantaged by the current context of ongoing learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Comments regarding progress made during remote learning, will be provided on the final report card. All students will progress to the next grade based on learning that occurred prior to March 15, 2020.


Grades 7 - 12


Feedback and Assessment for Ongoing Learning 


Feedback will play a critical role as students engage in learning remotely and will clearly identify both strengths and areas for growth related to the essential outcome(s) being addressed. 


Any graded assessments offered to students will be connected to the essential outcomes teachers are addressing for the remainder of the course. The focus of any graded assessments will be the big ideas/key learnings that students will need when they move to the next level of a course. 


During remote learning, students will be offered opportunities to improve their learning and improve their grades. As students demonstrate a stronger understanding of essential outcomes, their grades may be adjusted.   


Final Reporting


Final marks will be communicated in June (S2 or Y1 categories in PowerSchool). Final percentage grades will not fall below the percentage grade at the time of in-person class cancellation on March 15, 2020, but may increase, based on the demonstration of further learning. Students who were failing a course prior to March 15, 2020 may still fail if necessary course outcomes are not met. This applies to all core and option classes. 


Final grade communication may include a comment that describes student achievement and a separate mark (E2 category in PowerSchool) that reports the level of understanding of the course outcomes. This will provide information for determining the student's readiness for the next level in the respective subject area. 



PWPSD Home Learning Plan: http://www.pwpsd.ca/Documents/PWPSD-Home-Learning-Plan.pdf

Alberta Education Guidelines: https://www.alberta.ca/student-learning-during-covid-19.aspx 


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