Sylvie Monfette, principal of Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School, speaks about the many ways that teachers, students and parents communicate about student progress and achievement
Assessment and grading
Daily, ongoing assessment and report cards are not separate. They inform each other. Both are based on stems from the Program of Studies and inform next steps for learners and teachers.
During a unit of study, students have multiple and varied opportunities to develop, demonstrate, check and refine their understanding of content. This process is called formative assessment.
At times, often at the end of a particular unit of study, the learning of a student is verified through a summative assessment. Teachers then use multiple summative assessments aligned with stems from the Program of Studies and the report card, to assign a 'grade'.
Formative assessment: checking learning to decide what to do next
Summative assessment: a comparison at a particular moment in time between individual student achievement and the outcomes of the Program of Studies
Formative assessment supports learning, summative assessment verifies learning, reports cards summarize learning.