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THE NEW ELEMENTARY REPORT CARD 2007-2008

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INFORMATION GUIDE FOR PARENTS

The Minister of Education, Leisure and Sports (MELS) announced in May 2007 the implementation of a new report card for all students across the province. Reporting in percentage marks is a new concept in our elementary schools and is being implemented within a very short timeline.

Although a unique report card format is not required, all report cards must include several compulsory elements as mandated by MELS:

•     A mark expressed in percentages for each subject-specific competency evaluated
•     A global mark (Subject Result) for each subject
•     Weightings for subject-specific competencies
•     A class average for each subject
•     Parent-friendly language to describe competencies

The Kindergarten report card is not affected by this change and remains the same as last year.

It is important to note that teacher assessment practices in the classroom remain unchanged
– it is only the way we report on student progress that is being addressed. Teachers will
continue to evaluate students throughout the term, using a variety of tools and strategies such
as rubrics, observation checklists, learning and evaluation situations, evaluation grids and the
occasional test.
Projects and writing assignments in all subjects will continue to be marked
according to an evaluation grid which establishes how your child has performed. This part of
the evaluation process will not always be done using a percentage mark. Teachers will gather,
analyse and interpret all results and, using their professional judgement, will arrive at a
percentage mark for the report card.

The report card is a tool for giving parents feedback about their child’s progress and
achievement. To obtain a more complete picture of your child’s learning, it is important to
maintain on-going communication with the teachers.

Our teachers continue to support and guide their students so that each will progress and
experience success in their learning.


Marks in Percentages
Subject-specific competencies results now appear as a percentage mark.

Subject Result
There will be a global/term mark for each subject in percentage.

Weighting
Each subject-competency is given a specific weighting (in percent form). Weightings will appear on the report card to help parents understand how each subject result has been arrived at.

Here is an example of how a subject result is calculated:

   

Class Average
For each subject, a class average will be automatically calculated.

The comment “See IEP- Regular Program with Adaptations” will appear for students
with special needs following a regular program with adaptations as indicated on their
Individual Educational Plan (IEP).

The comment “See IEP- Modified Program (Result not included in class average) will
appear for students with an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) who follow a modified
program. These students will receive percentage marks based on their IEP and will
not be included in the class average.

Simplified Terminology
The competencies are described on the report card in user-friendly language.

Cross-Curricular Competencies
One or more cross-curricular competencies will be evaluated each school year. The
choice of the cross-curricular competency(ies) is left up to each school.

Teachers Comment Box
Comments reflect student achievement, work habits, effort, strengths and areas in need
of improvement.

Self-Evaluation
Reflection is an important process in learning. Self-evaluation is a valuable skill which
helps children reflect and make judgments about their own successes and challenges.

The self-evaluation section remains, however, the legend has been changed to:
5- Always     4- Most of the time     3- Sometimes     2- Rarely     1- Never

Parents’/Guardians’ Comments
Feedback from parents is always appreciated. Your signature is a confirmation that you
have read your child’s report card.

WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE ON THE REPORT CARD?
THE SECONDARY REPORT CARD 2007-2008
Secondary 1-3 (Grades 7-9)

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

The Minister of Education, Leisure and Sports (MELS) announced in May 2007 the
implementation of a new report card for all students across the province. All report cards in
Secondary 1-3 (Grades 7-9) must include several compulsory elements as mandated by MELS:

            All subject-specific competencies, subject marks and class averages are expressed in
            percentage form at every term. (Note: It is possible that not all competencies are
            evaluated each term – see table below).


            Each subject-specific competency is given a specific weighting and will appear on the
            report card to help in understanding how each subject result is reached.

            The wording of all competencies will be in parent-friendly language.

            The final term in Secondary 2/Grade 8 (Cycle 1) and Secondary 3 (Grade 9) will be an
            End-of-Year or End-of-Cycle Competency Report. This will involve an end-ofyear/
            cycle evaluation (in percentage form) to determine student attainment of each of the
            subject-specific competencies.

                        It is important to note that the marks generated for the End-of-Year or End-of-
                        Cycle Competency Report will not be an average of what is produced by the
                        student throughout the year but a judgment made by the teacher concerning the   
                        level of competency attained by the student at end of year or cycle.

                       Each term during the school year will stand on its own – to help indicate the level
                       of student progress in the development of a competency (no summary average
                       will be indicated
).

Teachers will continue to evaluate students using a variety of tools and strategies such as learning
and evaluation situations, assignments/projects, tests, rubrics, etc. They will gather, interpret and
analyze all results and, using their professional judgment, will arrive at a subject mark that will
appear on the report card.

Here is an example below of how a subject result is calculated:

Mathematics – Cycle 1 Note: Only results in bold will appear on the report card.



You can use the following links to refer to the Glossaries of Report Card Terms:

Report Card Terms for Grade 7
Report Card Terms for Grade 8
Report Card Terms for Grade 9

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