Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting
Encouraging high levels of achievement is the purpose of assessment and evaluation. Growing Success is the Ministry of Education policy document that outlines the requirements for all school boards in assessment, evaluation and reporting for grades 1-12. Elementary schools across Ontario send home report cards in the same format that give clear information about how your child is doing at school.
When Report Cards Go Home
During the school year, all students in grades 1-8 receive one Progress Report Card and two Provincial Report Cards. Report cards are sent home during the same month each year:
- Elementary Progress Report Cards – November
- Elementary Provincial Report Card 1 – February
- Elementary Provincial Report Card 2 – June
Elementary Progress Report Cards let you know early in the school year about your child's progress and how well he/she is developing important learning skills and work habits. For academic subjects like math, language and science, the progress report tells you whether your child is progressing very well, well or with difficulty.
Progress Report Cards do not have letter grades or percentage marks. They include clear, meaningful comments from your child's teacher and highlight strengths and areas for improvement.
Elementary Provincial Report Cards tell you how well your child has reached the expected level of achievement at two times during the year (February and June). Letter grades are given for students in grades 1-6 and percentage marks are given for students in grades 7-8. Grades or percentage marks are given for each subject and report on your child's learning skills and work habits. Teacher comments focus on your child's strengths and next steps for learning improvement.
Six Learning Skills and Work Habits
Report cards focus on six essential learning skills and work habits students need to succeed. Each skill is reported as Excellent (E), Good (G), Satisfactory(S) or Needs Improvement (N). The six skills and habits are:
- Independent Work
Regular parent-teacher communication is an important part of student learning. Parent-teacher interviews are scheduled throughout the year after report cards are sent home. These interviews are your opportunity to ask questions about your child's progress and to discuss any issues. In addition to regular scheduled parent-teacher interviews, you can request a meeting at any time during the school year by contacting the school or your child's teacher directly.