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No Zero Policy

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RossSheppardSchool
Assessment,GradingandReportingPractice
2011-12
 
1.0Goalsofassessment:
Provideinformationthatstudentscanuseforself-evaluation.Provideincentivestolearn.Communicatetheachievementstatusofstudentstoparents.Select,identify,orgroupstudentsforcertaineducationalpathsorprograms..Evaluatetheeffectivenessofinstructionalprograms.Guskey(1996)
2.0Toworktowardsthesegoals,thestaffatRossSheppardSchoolbelievethefollowing:
Theprimarypurposeofassessment,gradingandreportingistoimprovelearning.Ourassessmentpracticeswillbemeaningfulandclear.Gradeswillonlyreflectwhatstudentscandorelativetoprovincialcurriculum*.Weencouragefurthergrowthanddevelopmentthroughassessment.Weuseevidencefromavarietyofassessmenttechniquestoreachasummativegradeincludinginformedprofessionaljudgmentwhendetermininggrades.Assessmentshouldtakeintoaccountthestudent'slearningneeds.Weprovideanoverviewoftheassessmentplanforeachcoursetostudents/parentsatthestartofthecourse.Westriveforconsistencyofassessmentinoursubjectareasandschool.
*Someprogramsmaychoosetoprovidestudentsandparentswithmarksaccordingtooutsidestandards.Thesegradeswillnotaffectstudents'AlbertaEducationmark,butwillbeusedtoinformstudentsandparentsaboutstudents'progressaccordingtoanotherprogram(e.g.InternationalBaccalaureate).
3.0Howwecommunicateandreportinformationrelatedtoassessment:
3.1CourseOutlines
atthebeginningofthesemester/year,courseoutlinesarepublishedbyeachteacherforeachsubject.Allstudentsareaskedtokeepthecourseoutlineatthefrontoftheirbinderforthesubject.Acopyofallcourseoutlinesiskeptbythedepartmentheadofthesubjectarea.
3.2StudentAgendas-
aremadeavailabletoeachstudentatthebeginningoftheyear.Studentsareencouragedtousetheagendabookletstohelporganizeschoolworkandimportantdeadlines.Agendasalsohaveimportantinformationregardingassessment,reportingperiodsandscholarships.
3.3PhoneContact-
canbemadeatanytimethroughouttheyearbyeithertheteacherorparentregardingtheprogressofthestudent.
3.4SchoolZone
iswebbasedprogramthatgivesparentsandstudentssecureaccesstogeneralschoolinformation,attendancereports,markupdates,anddatesofmajorassignmentsandexams.Informationonhowtosign-upforaSchoolZoneaccountispostedonourwebsite:http://shep.epsb.cal.3.5The
schoolwebsite
providesparentswithupdatesabouttheschoolasawhole.
3.6InterimReports/MarksUpdate
forallsubjects,achievementwillbepostedonSchoolZoneatthehalf-waypointofeachsemester.Parentconferencesareheldtwiceduringtheyear,followingtheachievementupdate.
 
3.7ProgressReports-
arepublishedonSchoolZonefourtimeseachyear.Thereportprovidesparentsandstudentswithacumulativegradethatreflectsachievementtothatdate.Progressreportsalsoincludefinalexamandmidtermexamresultswhereapplicable.
Note:Diplomaexammarkscannotbeposted
as
theyarecalculatedbyAlbertaEducation.Diplomaexamresultswillbemaileddirectlytotheresidence
of
thestudentbyAlbertaEducation.3.8Parent/StaffMeetings
canberequestedbyparentsatanytime.Withreasonablenoticeteacherswillmakethemselvesavailableforthemeeting.Parentscancontacttheteacherattheschooltorequesttheopportunitytodiscusstheirchild'sprogress.Schooladministrationmaychoosetositinorcanbeinvitedtoattendthesemeetings.ParentsofstudentswhorequireanIndividualizedProgramPlan(IPP)willbeinvolvedincommunicationtoupdateandreviewtheplans.Thesemeetingsandcommunicationsarecoordinatedbytheschool.ParentsofstudentswhohaveanIPPareinvitedtocalltheschoolatanytimeduringtheyearwithquestionsthattheymayhave.4.0AssessmentStudentswillexperiencetwotypesofassessmentintheclassroomsatRossSheppard:4.1FormativeAssessment(LearningActivities):Formativeassessmentsarethewaysinwhichteachersassessstudentprogressonanongoingbasis.Theprimarygoalofthistypeofassessmentistohelpstudentsimproveandinformteachersregardingstudentlearningneeds.4.2SummativeAssessment:Summativeassessmentsareusedtomeasurestudentachievementthroughoutthelearningprocess.Summativeassessmentsincludeavarietyofwaysthatateachermaygaugeandreportastudent'sprogressinrelationtotheAlbertaProgramofStudies.
5.0GradingandMarkCalculation
5.1FormativeAssessments;Studentswillberequiredtocompletealllearningactivitiesassignedintheirclasses.Formativeassessmentcanincludehomework,inclassactivitiesorapproachestolearning(i.e.organization,taskcompletion,followsexpectations).5.2SummativeAssessments:Grades/markswillbeawardedtosummativeassessmentsandwillbeusedinreportingstudentachievement.Marksareanumericalwaytorepresenttheachievementorprogressofastudent.Weusepercentagegradestoreportourmarks.MarksindicatewhetherastudenthasreachedthedefinedoutcomesintheAlbertaProgramofStudiesforaparticularcourse.Attitude,effortandbehaviourareincludedaspartofastudent'ssummativeassessment(mark)onlyasrelatedtocurricularoutcomes.5.3HowMarksareCalculated:Ourdepartmentshaveworkedtogethertodevelopconsistentproceduresandweightingsintheprogramthatweusetocalculateourmarks.Atthebeginningoftheschoolyear,adescriptionoftheseproceduresandweightingswillbeincludedineachcourseoutline.Itshouldbenotedthatthecalculationofmarksisnotmadebyusingasimpleaverageofthescores.

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