Do I have to cover the PLO's for each of my children's grade levels?
We are a Ministry funded program, so our students have to meet the PLO's. We do have a lot of flexibility in how and when these PLO's are met. We encourage families to learn as a family. We hope you have a rich home learning experience, so we have relaxed the lines between grade levels and given parents broad parameters to work within.
We expect in areas of skill development, that each child will work at his or her own pace. We'll track a student's progress through the PLO's and encourage continual progress in writing, reading, and math according to the ability of the child instead of the grade level. The content areas of the PLO's can be covered in a way that suits your family's learning style and at a time when they are relevant to your family's studies. We require the majority of the PLO's to be covered for grades K - 5 by the end of grade 5 and for grades 6 to 9 by the end of grade 9. Grades 10 to 12 are credits based according to graduation requirements.
How does reporting take place?
Our system is based on PLO tracking. Our teachers are responsible for assessing students in relation to the Provincial Learning Outcomes. Parents and students contribute to the assessment process by regular contact to discuss active learning with their teacher, contributing to our Online Progress Report, and by providing teachers with a rich Portfolio of student learning samples and assessments.
We keep a running database of PLO's (the Online Progress Report) for each of our students. With these PLO's in mind we listen as parents discuss active learning, we read about specific progress when a parent comments within the Online Progress Report, and we take time to appreciate the diverse samples in our student's portfolios. Then we go to our database and check off all of the PLO's that were covered by your student that year. We don't worry about specific grade levels, instead we accurately assess your students according to the PLO's they have met that year.
We encourage parents to get familiar with the PLO's. Our ability to track PLO's relies on the quality of conversations we have with our parents, our Online Progress Reports, and a student's Portfolio submissions. Your student's report card will reflect his or her progress as set out in the Student Learning Plan and in relation to the Provincial Learning Outcomes.
How are Individualized courses assessed?
Our teachers are responsible for assessing student progress. We understand that learning takes place in a variety of ways and we value different homelearning philosophies.
Our Assessment Tools
- Build relationships between the teacher and family.
- Value active learning.
- Allow for a more accurate assessment.
- Help us remain flexible.
We believe that learning is a process not a product, therefore we rely heavily on conversations between our families and our teachers in order to get an accurate picture of student learning outside of what can be included in a portfolio. These conversations can take place in whatever form is most comfortable for each family, whether email, Skype, telephone, etc. We believe that many PLO's are accomplished in the course of everyday living. Conversing with families about the student's outings, personal reading, and areas of interest will help us to develop a more accurate assessment of student learning.
Online Progress Reports
- Allow families an opportunity to comment on specific achievements.
- Provides the family and the teacher with an up to date and accurate measure of student progress.
- Help the family and the teacher to assess and reflect on the student's progress.
Our families who have chosen the Individualized or Integrated Options can access their Online Progress Report at any time. In the parent's weekly communication they will indicate what areas of learning and activities were achieved and the teacher will review and post this progress in the Online Progress Report.
- Help us get to know our students.
- Give students a chance to showcase their work and share their interests.
- Build self-assessment skills in our students as they select work that best illustrates their progress.
- Provide our teachers with the evidence of learning they need to assess student learning in relation to the PLO's.
Portfolios include a rich collection of student learning samples, Quick Scales check lists, and any other assessment tools that the family feels would contribute to the portfolio. We encourage students to choose the best examples of their progress over each term so that we can make an accurate assessment. Please include an explanation of any art work, projects, field trip pictures or other alternative work samples so that we can understand the learning demonstrated by each. Portfolios provide an opportunity to showcase authentic student learning. We look forward to getting to know our students through the samples of learning they submit.
Portfolios are submitted three times each year, in October, February, and May. They should include three samples from each core subject area as well as a short summary about the student's learning in other subject areas. We welcome parental comments about the student's samples and progress and we ask that students take part in self-evaluation of their contributions to the portfolio.
What kinds of samples go into a portfolio?
Photocopies of worksheets completed, pictures of the student working with pattern blocks or other manipulatives, audio tape of the student counting, specific examples of the student using math in real life (such when the student calculated the tax on your purchase at the grocery store), a photocopy of the score card for Yahtzee or any other games where the student uses math to keep score, tests, etc.
- Language Arts
A log of books read together or independently, audio tape of the child reading, audio tape of the child discussing the story or content of a book, written or oral narration, journal entry, letter, emergent writing, story, poem, artwork depicting their understanding of what they read, etc.
Experiment log, report, picture of an experiment, charts, surveys, observations, nature journal, artwork showcasing a student's understanding, picture of a field trip, photocopy of worksheet, etc.
- Social Studies
Artwork showcasing a student's understanding, map work, list of books the student read, audio tape of the student discussing something they learned, field trip log, essays, summaries, etc.
- Physical Education
Weekly fitness logs, athletic participation certificates from local sports organizations, description of daily activities.
We would appreciate seeing a wide selection of student's work so that we can accurately assess the student's progress. Our ability to make an assessment rests on our evaluation of the portfolio, and conversations with our families. The more we understand about your student's progress, the better able we are to make a thoughtful and accurate evaluation and complete the Online Progress Report.
How are your Online courses assessed?
Our Online students will submit their work to their teacher several times a week. The teacher will prepare a weekly summary of the student's progress which will be posted for the parent. Biweekly conversations between the family and teacher will help to round out our assessment. Students are not required to submit a portfolio for Online courses.
Do we have to do the FSA?
The Foundation Skills Assessment are a requirement of the Ministry of Education. It is given to students in grades 4 and 7 and may be completed electronically.
How often will we receive report cards?
Our teachers use a database of PLO's to track student's progress (our Online Progress Report). This database can be accessed online by the family, at any time. It is password protected to protect your personal information. Along with our database, our teachers will also be providing students with report cards in June.
- Kindergarten to Grade 5:
The report card consists of written comments that illustrate the student's actual progress based on the PLO's.
- Grades 5 to 9:
The report card consists of letter grades and written comments that illustrate the student's actual progress based on the PLO's.
- Grades 10 to 12:
The report card consists of percentage grades, letter grades, and written comments based upon course completion.