Dig deeper into understanding the shift in assessment practices as the ministry moves towards an updated reporting order.Using proficiency language is a paradigm shift that requires us to think differently about assessment. It encourages us to think about our students ongoing growth and progress as well as the level of independence in relation to their learning. SD22 is currently in year 2 of our CSL Pilot.
Pilot Reflections and Recommendations
Year 1 Reflection 2019-20
Gathering feedback from various stakeholders (primarily at the elementary level) in the first year of the CSL Pilot provided the CSL committee with information to make recommendations for revisions and improvements for year 2. Feedback was collected from surveys, testimonials, and observations. Although the pandemic prevented feedback from implementation in semester 2, three common themes came through from the feedback and experiences from the first year.
1. The need for consistency – There were too many variables for teachers, admin, parents, students and the district departments that created confusion in understanding the change in reporting procedures. More consistency on formatting and formalities are needed. This was particularly communicated with the open structure for reporting points of progress.
2. Understanding philosophy – More time, information and lived experiences are needed to explore and understand the ‘Why’ in this new shift in assessment and reporting. It is important to continue to engage all stakeholders in these conversations.
3. Embracing Proficiency – Adopting and developing a deep understanding in using proficiency language to describe growth and progress vs. measuring students with grades is a paradigm shift and will require more time and experience assessing and reporting using this language.
From this feedback, along with the current structures as a result of the pandemic, revisions and changes have been made as improvements for year 2 of the pilot.
Key Changes for Pilot Year 2 (2020-21):
Changes as a result of the Pandemic:
The CSL committee will continue to seek out feedback from the various stakeholders to continue to learn and grow through this CSL pilot and make recommendations accordingly.
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District Professional Learning Resources
Ministry of Education Documents