Under the Ontario Secondary School curriculum, the primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning. Other purposes of assessment and evaluation relate to the placement, promotion, and certification of students. Assessment and evaluation in all courses are based on the knowledge and skills described by the curriculum expectations and the achievement charts in the subject curriculum policy documents. At the beginning of the school year, students will be provided with a written course outline describing the expectations, content and evaluation for each course. Students will be informed of the types of assignments and tests that they should expect, and will be told how their final mark will be calculated.
Evaluation of the achievement of the curriculum expectations is based on the achievement chart, and marks are weighted according to the curriculum strands of the achievement chart categories. Students will receive formative assessments to improve knowledge and skills, and summative evaluations to demonstrate achievement of the curriculum expectations. The grade course work (70%) will reflect a student’s most consistent level of achievement throughout the course.
Formal examinations may be the basis for a significant portion of the students’ grade for the mark on the second report card (in those courses with a January exam) and/or the final grade in June. Students are expected to take formal examinations as required.
In all courses, the final evaluation will:
- be worth 30% of the final grade
- be administered within five to six weeks of the end of the course
- take the form of an examination, performance, essay, and/or other method of evaluation suitable to the course content. Examinations will take place during scheduled exam days, June 13-21.
The final evaluation in all courses is worth a significant portion of the final grade (30%). All students are expected to complete the final evaluation. Students who skip or refuse to complete the final evaluation will receive a mark of zero for this component. Students who miss a part or all of the final evaluation/examination due to illness must produce a valid medical certificate. Students who miss a part or all of the final evaluation due to a valid exceptional circumstance such as bereavement must appeal to the Administration.
Student achievement in Learning Skills is communicated by students and parents by means of the Provincial Report Card, Grades 9-12. The report card not only focuses on student achievement of curriculum expectations but also reveals student development of learning skills. To more clearly reflect other aspects of student achievement, the report card contains a separate section for reporting on achievement demonstrated in skills required for effective learning.
The report card also includes teachers’ comments on the student’s strengths, areas in which improvement is needed, and ways in which improvement might be achieved.
Reporting on Demonstrated Learning Skills
The report card provides a record of the learning skills demonstrated by the student in every course, in the following five categories: Works Independently, Teamwork, Organization, Work Habits, and Initiative. The learning skills are evaluated using a four-point scale (E-Excellent, G-Good, S-Satisfactory, N-Needs Improvement). The separate evaluation and reporting of the learning skills in these five areas reflects the critical role in students’ achievement of the curriculum expectations. To the extent possible, the evaluation of learning skills, apart from any that may be included as part of a curriculum expectation in a course, is not to be considered in the determination of percentage grades.
The following are the examples of critical learning skills which fall into the category of excellence:
- always accomplishes tasks independently
- always accepts responsibility for completing tasks
- always follows instructions
- always completes assignments on time
- always uses time effectively
- always works cooperatively with others
- always takes responsibility for his/her share of work
- always shows respect for ideas and opinions of others
- always listens attentively, without interrupting
- always works when faced with many tasks
- always follows specific steps to reach goals or improve
- always manages and uses time effectively and creatively
- always demonstrates ability to organize and manage information
- always completes homework on time and with care
- always puts forth consistent effort
- always shows attention to detail
- always begins work promptly and uses time effectively
- rarely requires prompting and always displays self-motivation and self-directions
- always approaches new learning with confidence and a positive attitude
- always attempts a variety of learning activities
- always seeks assistance when needed
In order to earn credit in a course, students are responsible for demonstrating evidence of achievement of knowledge and skills described by the OSS curriculum expectations. Students are expected to complete all assigned work by the dates/deadlines identified by teachers. These deadlines apply to assignments, projects, presentations, and tests. If a student anticipates a problem with meeting a deadline, she or he must discuss the problem with the teacher in advance.
Exceptional Students and Students with IEP’s
Teachers will implement the recommendations concerning assessment and/or evaluation contained in an IEP.
Students are expected to demonstrate academic honesty on all assignments, presentations, tests, and examinations.Students who cheat or plagiarize will receive a mark of zero for the assignment, presentation, test, or examination.
Exams and Evaluation Days
Thursday, January 25th: Modified Exam Day – AM Classes
Friday, January 26th, Monday, January 29th & Tuesday, January 30th: Exams – no classes
Thursday, March 29th: EQAO OSSLT Gr. 10 Literacy Test
Monday, May 7th to Thursday, June 21st inclusive: Final evaluation period (in-class and exams)
Tuesday, June 5th – Monday, June 11th inclusive: Gr. 9 EQAO Math (written in math classes)
Tuesday, June 12th: Tutorial / Modified Exam Day
Wednesday, June 13th to Thursday, June 21st: Exams – no classes
It is important for both students and parents to understand that evaluation is a continuous process beginning in September and ending in June. In particular, the months of May and June are critical months. Evaluations will be ongoing throughout these months and student attendance at all types of evaluations is required.
Interm Report Card: October 20th
Reporting cycle 1: September 5th – November 21st; Report Card – November 30th
Reporting cycle 2: November 22nd – March 1st; Report Card – March 8th
Reporting cycle 3: March 2nd – June 25th; Report Cards available for pick up starting July 4th
Exam Return Day: Monday, June 25th (9am – 12 noon only)
There will be two formal parents’ nights – December 5th, 2006 and March 22nd, 2007.
University Applicants Please Note:
Our reporting cycle for the 06/07 academic year was designed to work effectively with OUAC’s (Ontario University Application Centre) timelines for marks-submissions. There are three dates for the electronic transfer of marks for students applying to Ontario Universities:
– March 6, 2007. OUAC will receive students’ marks on their first report card, dated November 30, 2006. This mark may also be used by some Ontario Universities for their assessment for early admission.
– April 20, 2007. OUAC will receive students’ second set of marks, dated March 8, 2007. This set of marks will reflect term work from September as well as the results of the January exams.
– July 2007. OUAC will receive students’ final grades as well as their diploma status.