Communicating Student Learning
November 30, 2016
• What do you remember about your
report cards as a student?
• How were they received in your
• How did you use the report card?
o Know, Understand, Do
o Big Ideas
o Curricular Content and
LIMITS OF GRADES
Grades tend to reduce:
o students’ interest in the
o students’ preference for
o the quality of students’
Rationale – Why Change?
What’s different? What’s the same?
Focus on foundational skills of
reading, writing and numeracy
Balanced approach: Core
competencies and student voice
Curricular content assessed Clearer language and assessment
Ways to support at home and at
No letter grades (4-7)
My child’s teacher knows exactly where my child is at and
is committed to helping them move forward.
1. Clear foundational skills: reading, writing, and math
2. Focus on what the child can do
3. Focus on what the child understands.
4. Social and emotional development a priority.
5. Clearly stated areas of growth to help foster student
independence and confidence
• Reporting Pilots 2014-2016
• Parent Surveys
Parent Feedback (2015/16 Pilot)
“It gives the parent a better understanding of the child’s learning
experience. It also makes it easier for parents to address issues with
“…more clearly shows where improvements need to be made.”
“…much more comprehensive”
“This more holistic approach helps those students who are not strong
academically; they find their strengths and build on them.”
“My child felt understood, rather than labelled.”
• District Parent CSL Forum
in January 2017
• PAC Meetings
• Email Scott or Laura