Understanding the new progress reports in Grade 6-9 Osler School 2014-2015 What is the purpose of the new progress reports? • • • • Align our instruction and assessment with direction from the Ministry of Education Align the process of reporting student progress across Prairie Spirit School Division Recognize that 50% no longer indicates a student has meet curricular outcomes Continue to give opportunity for students to achieve the intended educational outcomes Reporting student progress • The progress report is only one piece of a reporting system that communicates your child’s learning. Other pieces: include emails, phone calls; assignments/projects/tests which student bring home for your information and student progress conferences such as this evening. Three Parts to the New Progress Report: • Student Self Assessment • Learning Behaviours • Academic Achievement Student Self-Assessment • The progress report includes an opportunity for students to assess their own progress by engaging in setting goals, making plans to meet those goals and by monitoring their own progress. Learning Behaviours • These are identified separately from academic achievement and include qualities such as respect, responsibility and effort. These qualities are important to good citizenship and academic success. Reporting these behaviours separately from academic achievement will help determine which learning behaviours support or impede a student in reaching their full academic potential. What do the academic grades on the progress report show you? • It is a snapshot in time of how well your child is progressing toward curricular outcomes. An outcome is what a student is expected to know and be able to do at end of that grade. What do the academic grades look like in Grade 6-9? Number Grade 4 3 2 1 Word Description Descriptors for Students Mastery Demonstrates a deep knowledge and understanding Wow! Meeting Demonstrates a complete knowledge and understanding Got it! Approaching Demonstrates a basic knowledge and understanding Nearly there! Beginning Demonstrates a partial knowledge and understanding Oh no! Oops! What do we believe about zero’s for incomplete assignments? • Giving a zero is not our first response. A zero gives a student permission to avoid learning. • Communication with parents is a very important part of the process when students are not completing assignments. • Study hall is a proactive way to support students who are experiencing difficulty in completing their work. Celebrating Academic Accomplishment: Grade 6-9 • Term 1: Student who have mastered or who are meeting curricular outcomes in all areas of mathematics, ELA, Health, French, Social Studies and science are “on a roll” and will receive a letter celebrating their success from the principal Term 2 and 3: Student who have mastered or who are meeting curricular outcomes in all areas of mathematics, ELA, Health, French, Social Studies and science are “on a roll” and will receive a letter celebrating their success from the principal. As well students who have increased their academic achievement in five academic categories are “on a roll” and will receive a letter celebrating their success from the principal. Celebrating Academic Excellence: Grade 6-9 • At year end students who have meet curricular outcomes in all areas of mathematics, ELA, French, Health, Social Studies and Science and who have received at least ten descriptors of “mastered” on their progress report will be recognized for their academic excellence at the year-end assembly. Do you still have questions? • There will be a meeting regarding the Grade 6-9 progress report on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. • Ask your questions, enjoy some snacks and get a chance to win a $100 gift certificate for an evening out at Montana’s.