In the next few weeks, you will receive your child’s report card for term one. We have now moved to outcomes-based reporting for all grade levels within the school division. As a result, your child’s report card will look different than it has in previous years. In this new process of assessment, grading and reporting it is important to bear in mind that the report card is one piece of a comprehensive reporting process that provides a snapshot of a student’s achievement. For this reason, additional evidence gathered through conversations, observations and products assist in capturing a more complete picture of the student learner.
In the new reporting process, an emphasis is placed on continuous learning where students focus on acquiring skills and knowledge. Every task, assignment or project is an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills and provide evidence of the student’s ability. Students are assessed on their individual performance compared to grade level expectations, rather than a comparison to the progress of other students in the class.
Over the past couple of months students have been taught how to select representative work, how to engage in self-assessment, and how to analyze their own strength and growth opportunities. They have been setting personal learning goals to focus their individual effort. This will be communicated in a Student Goal Setting Sheet and a Student Learning Portfolio/Work Samples.
Students will also continue to practice skills and receive descriptive feedback from the teacher so they can become skilled learners in each subject area.
Your child is now ready to share this information with you at the upcoming Student Involved Conference (Grade 1-8) or within a Celebration of Learning (Pre-K & K). The process of the Student Involved conferences is a strategy that provides an opportunity for students to engage in meaningful conversations about their learning. In a Celebration of Learning, parents are invited into the classroom to participate in learning activities alongside their child.
At the conference, your child will communicate their learning to parents by sharing work samples that show what they understand and are able to do. Students will discuss the skills and processes they have learned along with their goals so parents can share how they can support their child’s growth.
The student will also share the Life Skills and Living our Faith self-assessment rubric. The information contained in this rubric outlines the qualities, which help support student success in the following areas: Responsibility and Organization, Collaboration and Community Building and Active Faith Learning and Confidence.
Regina Catholic Schools believes in optimizing learning for all our students and we continue to be committed to providing the most promising educational experiences for all students entrusted in our care. We are committed to preparing all students with the necessary knowledge and skills to face their tomorrow with confidence.
Our students and teachers are looking forward to the opportunity of meeting with you in the next few weeks to share their learning journey with you.
For further information please visit our division web-site www.rcsd.ca