Report Cards

  • Mar. 20, 2019
  • June 27, 2019

Check our School Calendar for exact dates when report cards are issued.

Assessment at Western Canada

Principles of Assessment

The Western Canada interpretation of the CBE Guiding Principles and IB Aims and approaches for assessment:

  1. Student citizenship, which may include student engagement, attendance, and behavior, may be assessed only if it is tied to curriculum objectives as per the program of studies.
  2. Academic deadlines are enforced, and students must understand that teachers will use their professional judgment to apply appropriate consequences. Department policy will be communicated on the course outline.
  3. Assessment standards/methods will be communicated and explained to the students prior to an evaluation. Precautions will be taken to ensure fair assessment in group work situations.
  4. Grades will be assigned according to the standards set by the Alberta (or IB) Program of Studies. Students’ progression of learning will be reflected through the weighting of assessments and will be course dependent.
  5. Marks are determined based on standards interpreted using professional judgment. From the outset, every effort is made to ensure the average accurately reflects students' abilities.
  6. Students are given task-based opportunities to demonstrate their understanding. When reasonable opportunity has been given, and students have not completed the assigned work, then a grade of zero may be assigned. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will be contacted if the mark will lead to the student failing the course or significantly impacts their overall grade.
  7. Formative and summative assessments are used to inform students, the family and the teacher of performance and progress; not all assessments need to be graded.

Evaluation Expectations

At the beginning of the course, teachers will provide all students with a course outline including:

  • course objectives
  • a description of assessment criteria for performance and achievement

Delayed Assessment/Absence From An Exam

Students will have advance notice of examinations. Students are expected to write examinations on the determined date. When a student is required to be absent or is ill on the day of a scheduled evaluation, a parent must contact the teacher by email or voicemail prior to the scheduled exam being written. Another opportunity will be provided immediately upon the student’s return to school assuming that the absence is also explained by the parent through the Attendance Line. Failure to do so will result in a zero. Individual circumstances may merit consideration upon consultation with the student’s Assistant Principal and their teacher. Medical documentation may be requested by administration in order to grant permission for a rewrite.

While students will be required to complete all assessments, they may forfeit the opportunity to have a particular assessment counted at full value if they fail to contact the teacher about an absence prior to the assessment being given or if the reason for absence is deemed to be unacceptable. Parents will be contacted regarding students whose absences are not explained.

Assessment & Reporting

Report Cards

  • Mar. 20, 2019
  • June 27, 2019

Check our School Calendar for exact dates when report cards are issued.

Assessment at Western Canada

Principles of Assessment

The Western Canada interpretation of the CBE Guiding Principles and IB Aims and approaches for assessment:

  1. Student citizenship, which may include student engagement, attendance, and behavior, may be assessed only if it is tied to curriculum objectives as per the program of studies.
  2. Academic deadlines are enforced, and students must understand that teachers will use their professional judgment to apply appropriate consequences. Department policy will be communicated on the course outline.
  3. Assessment standards/methods will be communicated and explained to the students prior to an evaluation. Precautions will be taken to ensure fair assessment in group work situations.
  4. Grades will be assigned according to the standards set by the Alberta (or IB) Program of Studies. Students’ progression of learning will be reflected through the weighting of assessments and will be course dependent.
  5. Marks are determined based on standards interpreted using professional judgment. From the outset, every effort is made to ensure the average accurately reflects students' abilities.
  6. Students are given task-based opportunities to demonstrate their understanding. When reasonable opportunity has been given, and students have not completed the assigned work, then a grade of zero may be assigned. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will be contacted if the mark will lead to the student failing the course or significantly impacts their overall grade.
  7. Formative and summative assessments are used to inform students, the family and the teacher of performance and progress; not all assessments need to be graded.

Evaluation Expectations

At the beginning of the course, teachers will provide all students with a course outline including:

  • course objectives
  • a description of assessment criteria for performance and achievement

Delayed Assessment/Absence From An Exam

Students will have advance notice of examinations. Students are expected to write examinations on the determined date. When a student is required to be absent or is ill on the day of a scheduled evaluation, a parent must contact the teacher by email or voicemail prior to the scheduled exam being written. Another opportunity will be provided immediately upon the student’s return to school assuming that the absence is also explained by the parent through the Attendance Line. Failure to do so will result in a zero. Individual circumstances may merit consideration upon consultation with the student’s Assistant Principal and their teacher. Medical documentation may be requested by administration in order to grant permission for a rewrite.

While students will be required to complete all assessments, they may forfeit the opportunity to have a particular assessment counted at full value if they fail to contact the teacher about an absence prior to the assessment being given or if the reason for absence is deemed to be unacceptable. Parents will be contacted regarding students whose absences are not explained.

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​Assessment and Reporting at the CBE

The report card is one component in communicating student learning. In addition to the report card, schools communicate with parents/guardians about student progress on an ongoing basis in a variety of ways. Some other ways to learn how your child is doing are informal conversations with your child and your child’s teachers, celebrations of learning, conferences, and online tools such as D2L, HomeLogic and Iris. (See our Technology Tools page for more information.)

Visit the CBE website for more information and for the Parent’s Guide, Assessment and Reporting.​​​​​​​

Grading and Reporting at the CBE

We know it is important for parents/guardians to understand how their children are doing in school. Research shows that students are more successful with active parent/guardian involvement.

The Alberta Programs of Study are changing, and like many other school divisions in the province, the CBE is redesigning assessment and reporting practices to reflect these changes. We are developing resources to help teachers, students and parents/guardians see and understand student progress and achievement. This process of redesign will continue to evolve over a number of years as we work with our schools and parents/guardians to develop a rich and varied approach to assessment across all grades and a common report card for K-9.

Assessment is not just about report cards. They are one of the ways schools communicate with parents/guardians about their child’s progress and achievement at certain times of the year. Assessment happens every day, in every classroom, throughout the school year. Assessing a student’s progress is one of the most important ways we support the continued learning of our students.

We invite you to learn more about assessment as we work together to develop assessment and reporting practices that support the continued success of our students.​​​​​

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