Provincial tests are one part of a balanced, broad-based program of student assessment. When analyzed along with many other indicators of student learning provincial tests provide information to guide our educators as they set targets for student achievement and track the results of school improvement initiatives.
Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs)
Students registered in Grades 6 and 9 write Provincial Achievement Tests. Results are provided for each school, the CBE, and the province.
Student Learning Assessments (SLAs)
In 2013-14, Alberta Education initiated a pilot called Student Learning Assessments (SLAs) to support the assessment of student learning. The pilot includes literacy and numeracy assessments that will be used with Grade 3 students. For more information about SLAs, please visit Alberta Education's website
Students taking Grade 12 core subjects write provincial Diploma Exams at the completion of the course. For the 2014-15 school year, these exams count for 50 per cent of the student's final mark in the subject. Alberta Education announced on March 16, 2015 that Diploma Exams would count for 30 per cent of a student's final mark starting in fall, 2015.
Class Size Report
The Province annually generates class size information through its class size information system. It is based on student enrolment reporting for Sept. 30, 2014. The statistics are a mathematical average of numbers reported on Sept. 30. See report.