Division Assessments

Assessment is the systematic process of gathering evidence of what students can do in relation to the broad goals of education or the specific goals of an educational program.  Assessment includes methods developed and administered at the school, district, or provincial level. Broadly stated, there are three types of assessment practices used in schools: Assessment FOR Learning, Assessment AS Learning, and Assessment OF Learning.

Assessment FOR Learning

Assessment FOR Learning measures where a student is prior to instruction. This information informs the teacher's instructional practice to enhance student learning. When teachers assess students in an ongoing manner by employing regular or specifically designed techniques (such as conversations, observations, and collecting products), it is possible to discover what students understand to date and where teachers can take the learning from that point. These assessments are descriptive and give information to teachers about both areas of strength and areas that need further development.  Assessment for leaning involves learners receiving feedback during their learning.

Assessment AS Learning

Assessment AS Learning describes how assessment can be understood and internalized by students to think about and refine their learning. When students understand and use criteria independently, they are learning how to think about their own thinking and learning.

These assessments are descriptive and have students using well-developed criteria and descriptions to identify their own areas of strength and those that need further development.

Assessment OF Learning

Assessment OF Learning measures what learning has taken place at a particular point in time. When students are demonstrating what they know at the end of a unit or a term, or in a more formalized test, this is a summary of their learning at that particular time. The most relevant assessment for classroom practices are those designed to match the classroom curriculum. These assessments are evaluative and are a snapshot of learning at a given point in time.

 


Value Added Assessments

Value Added Assessment (VAA) is intended to support a quality instructional program.  By using VAA to support assessment for/as/of learning, assessment and instrution should become nearly indistinguishable.  This means that we assess as we provide oppoortunities for learning. 

Regina Public Schools has several assessment for and of initiatives designed to help teachers with assessment FOR, AS and OF Learning.

  • Oral Reading Records

    • Oral Reading Records is an an assessment tool that focuses in reading for Grades 1 and 2.  It is designed to give teachers information regarding reading benchmark levels and help teachers plan for instruction that meets the needs of students according to their reading level. 
  • Reading Assessment District 36

    • RAD 36 is an assessment tool that focuses on informational reading for Grades 1 through 9.  It is designed to give teachers descriptive feedback in three aspects of reading described in the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education Curriclum outcomes: word solving strategies, comprehension and analysis of text  The primary purpose of RAD 36 is to help students learn more about themselves as readers and to help teachers plan for systematic, comprehension instruction.
  • Diagnostic Numeracy Assessment

    • DNA is a  task that focuses on one key idea from the number and/or patterns and relations strand of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education Curriculum outcomes.  These assessment tasks are available to all teachers in Regina Public Schools.
  • VAA Writing Assessment

    • VAA(W) is a formative writing assessment, aligned with Sk curriculum outcomes and designed to help students learn more about themselves as writers and to help teachers plan for writing instruction.

Provincial Assessments

RPS participates in the following provincial and national assessments.  Results from these assessments provide information for schools that help with student program planning and school wide goals. 

As of September 2016, Regina Public Schools participates in the following Saskatchewan Ministry of Education Assessments.  More information can be accessed regarding these assessments here

  • Early Years Evaluation - (K students)
  • Help Me Tell My Story - (PK all schools and K select schools)
  • Tell Them From Me - (Students in grades 4 - 20 participate)
  • Benchmark Reading Data Collections
  • Writing Data Collection (Grades 4, 7 and 9)

National Assessments

Regina Public Schools participates in standardized, national and international assessments as follows.

  • Canadian Achievement Tests (CAT4 - Grade 6) - This assessment is done in November.  RPS  students are assessed  in reading and mathematics.
  • PCAP
  • PISA