Parent Information for Progress Reports
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Education curricula is expressed in "outcome" form. Teachers use outcomes to determine assessment and decide on the resources that the class will use. Mastery of outcomes requires assessment that goes beyond tests and includes a variety of evidence that goes beyond numbers.
Assessment is the process of gathering, from a variety of sources, information that accurately reflects how well a student is achieving the curriculum expectation in a subject or course. In the classroom, there are three types of assessment:
- Assessment as learning - students are actively engaged in this assessment process—that is, they monitor their own learning, use assessment feedback from teacher, self and peers to determine next steps, and set individual learning goals.
- Assessment for learning - the ongoing process of gathering and interpreting evidence about student learning for the purpose of determining where students are in their learning, where they need to go, and how best to get there. The information gathered is used by teachers to provide feedback and to differentiate instruction appropriately.
- Assessment of learning - the process of collecting and interpreting evidence for the purpose of summarizing learning at a given point in time, to make judgments about the quality of student learning on the basis of established criteria, and to assign a value to represent that quality. The information gathered may be used to communicate the student’s achievement to parents, other teachers, students themselves, and others. Learning is summarized in the form of a level, grade and/or percentage mark to be communicated to parents in a formal way on the report card.
Elementary (Grades 1 - 8) Regina Public Schools students receive a Progress Report that gives an overall course Level of Acheivement. In addition, Levels of Achievement are given for specific outcomes for literacy and mathematics in an Outcome Report. A parent portal is available to all parents in RPS for students in grades one to eight. The following screencasts are available to help with the use of parent portal.
Personal & Social Growth
Regina Public Schools shared values allow students to know how to learn more effectively, develop their potential as independent learners and take ownership over their own learning. Shared values help students to prepare for learning and working in the 21st Century. These learning skills and work habits do contribute to a student’s ability to be successful at school. They are evaluated separately from student achievement of course expectations.
Evaluation is a judgment made about the assessments of student learning, based on established and shared success criteria. Teachers gather evidence of student learning taken from observations, conversations and student products (such as reports, projects, tests, exams and assignments) over time and use this evidence along with professional judgment to determine students’ grades. Determining a report card grade involves teacher interpretation of evidence and should reflect the student’s most consistent level of achievement, with special consideration given to more recent evidence. These evaluations form the basis of report card grades or marks, and are made so that progress can be communicated to students and parents.
Levels of Achievement
The levels of achievement scale describes the student’s progression toward meeting provincial outcomes. The levels are not used to compare students with other students.
|Grades 1-3||Grades 4-8||Meaning|
|BE||D||The students is having difficulty meeting the outcome and requires assistance.|
|PR||C||Students who are progressing as expected will be in this range. Some assistance is required.|
|ME||B||The student is fully meeting the outcome. They show what they know independently.|
|ET||A||The child has full mastery of the outcome and can apply the knowledge. Students with these grades have extensive and deep understanding of the outcome and require no guidance or assistance.|
Progress Report Timeline
Reporting to parents occurs regularly throughout the school year through the use of Parent Portal. This continuous communication provides students and parents with feedback that is clear, specific, meaningful and timely to support improved learning and achievement.
Progress Reports are issued twice a year to parents/caregivers of Kindergarten through Grade 8 students in January and June. Parents/caregivers also participate in a three way conference in November and March.
What can be expected in a Three Way Conference?
• Interviews continuing to focus on your child’s learning
• Learning based upon curricular outcomes
• A celebration of what is going well and looking for opportunities for improvement and/or to extend learning to deeper levels.
Parent may find the following links useful in preparation for Three Way Conferences.