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Growing Success

What you need to know about assessment, evaluation and reporting in Ontario schools

"The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning."

Processes around assessment, evaluation and reporting are governed by Ministry of Education and board policies. In April 2010, the ministry published Growing Success, a policy document that directs the assessment, evaluation and reporting of student achievement in Ontario schools, from grades 1 to 12. Growing Success aims to update, clarify and co-ordinate ministry policy, and achieve fairness, transparency, equity and consistency across the province.

For more information about Growing Success in Peel schools, read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

How are students assessed?

Assessment is the process of gathering, from a variety of sources, information that accurately reflects how well a student is achieving the curriculum expectation in a subject or course. In the classroom, there are three types of assessment:
  • Assessment as learning - students are actively engaged in this assessment process—that is, they monitor their own learning, use assessment feedback from teacher, self and peers to determine next steps, and set individual learning goals.
  • Assessment for learning - the ongoing process of gathering and interpreting evidence about student learning for the purpose of determining where students are in their learning, where they need to go, and how best to get there. The information gathered is used by teachers to provide feedback and to differentiate instruction appropriately.
  • Assessment of learning - the process of collecting and interpreting evidence for the purpose of summarizing learning at a given point in time, to make judgments about the quality of student learning on the basis of established criteria, and to assign a value to represent that quality. The information gathered may be used to communicate the student’s achievement to parents, other teachers, students themselves, and others. Learning is summarized in the form of a level, grade and/or percentage mark to be communicated to parents in a formal way on the report card.

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How will my teen be evaluated?

How often does reporting take place?

What does an "I" mean on the report card?

How are late or missed assignments assessed?

Who can I talk to about my teen’s progress?

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