New GHSD Learner Profile - Response to Parent FeedbackPrepared by Golden Hills School Division
As you know, a NEW standards-based elementary report card (called the Learner
Profile), has been implemented this year in Golden Hills School Division. Parents were surveyed in the
fall regarding their perceptions of this new reporting tool. Based on the feedback from parents, we
have made some changes to the report card for the upcoming school year. This document will
summarize and address the common parent concerns. We do appreciate parent feedback and
hope that these revisions and further implementation of this new Learner Profile (including the paper
copy and parent portal), will continue to improve our communication with you about your child.
What is a standards-based report card?
- Reporting that is clear, fair, and objective
- Communicates each student's academic strengths and weaknesses
- Communicates the specific content information a student has learned
- Separates academic performance from non-academic factors such as work habits and personal characteristics. This is different from a traditional report card which gives a single letter or number grade for a broad subject area. A traditional grade represents a child's performance and often includes such things as extra credit, work habits, and attitude.
Are percentages, class averages, and honour rolls still being used?
- Measuring our children against the standard is preferable to measuring them against one
- A letter grade or percent lumps all the learning objectives together along with non-academic
factors in a way that holds little meaning; whereas, performance levels are indications of how
well a student knows or can do very specific things while keeping academic and non-academic ratings separate.
- The new outcomes-based report card does not use grades that lead to some numerical
average that is the basis for most honor roll systems. Such an approach is neither consistent
with nor supportive of our new outcomes-based report card. We will strongly encourage all
students to set high personal achievement goals for themselves and to strive for them, and our
report card is designed to accomplish that.
- We want academically capable students to shoot for the “Demonstrates Excellent
Achievement” performance level in all areas. This will be a very challenging goal, and
students who achieve this level of performance would have much to be proud of.
- We want to recognize all children for their effort, improvement, and achievements as they
occur throughout the year in ways that are appropriate to their age level.
Why does the information given on the report card seem less detailed?
- The actual paper report card sent home is only one method of communicating your child’s
progress at school. This is just a snap shot of information
- This new Learner Profile works in conjunction with a parent portal. This is where you can access
online information, to see a more in-depth view of how your child is doing on the specific
curriculum outcomes. In the fall, only 20% of the parents surveyed accessed this information.
If you are not accessing the parent portal then you are missing valuable information.
- Teachers also communicate student progress in other ways throughout the year including;
notes in the agenda, student work sent home, parent conferences, phone calls and e-mails
- Parents and students are encouraged to be part of the reporting process. Please feel free to
contact your child's teacher when you have a question or a concern. Teachers are always
willing to set up a time to discuss student progress.
Why did I have trouble accessing and understanding the parent portal?
- Administrators and teachers will continue to inform parents of the portal through school displays, websites, newsletters, e-mails, student agendas, and/or conversations
- We have streamlined the process to make it easier to log in.
- The school requires an email address in order for you to self-register.
- Here is what we have done to make this easier for you to access. It now has fewer fields for
you to fill in, please follow the steps below or click on this link for a demonstration video.
- We would like more parents using this portal as there is other valuable information for you to
view about your child’s learning.
- If at any time you have a problem getting onto the parent portal, PLEASE contact your school
Why is the highest Characteristics of a Successful Learner (CSL)-Indicators "Usually"?
- We will be adding a fourth indicator to the CSL component of student assessment:
||Is observed very infrequently
||Is observed some of the time
||Is observed a lot of the time
||Is observed most of the time
||*NEW in 2013-2014
Where do these "Learner Outcomes" come from?
- Alberta curriculum documents are set out by the government that outline what teachers must
- Over the last few years, teachers in Golden Hills have worked from these documents, to
identify the most important things students must know and be able to do at each grade level
in each subject area.
- These essential benchmarks are identified on our report cards.
How do teachers come up with my child's mark?
- Teachers collect evidence of student achievement throughout the year and should be able
to share this evidence with parents to support the evaluation.
- Your child will be assessed in a variety of ways.
- Evidence may include student products (such as projects, tests, and assignments), checklists of
observations or documentation of communication interactions.
- There should be multiple opportunities for students to show what they know and are able to do
in a variety of ways.
- CSL’s are rated on the qualities a student displays across all content areas and not just a single
- Ongoing observations take place daily in the classroom.
- Teachers may use assessment activities that cover multiple elements at one time and/or assess
multiple children at one time.
- Student performance may be assessed during the course of regular classroom instruction and
activities or by a specific assessment of the teacher’s choice.
- Several assessments over a period of time are the best way for a teacher to get a true picture
of the range of what a student can do
What are the benefits of standards-based report cards?
- Research shows that when students have a clear understanding of what the learning target is
then student achievement increases. Reversely, poor grading practices can inhibit them from
- The standards-based report card is helpful in multiple ways:
- It makes sure that there is consistency of expectations from teacher to teacher and
school to school.
- It helps teachers and students focus on the learning outcomes, giving students a
chance to get help sooner if they are not making adequate progress.
- Parents will know which big ideas and concepts their child has learned and what their
child needs to work on.
- There's widespread agreement among educators that the standards-based report cards are
more informative than traditional ones, and that they're more accurate and informative.
- It is essential to move away from old and traditional grading methods that were developed
and used for another time period of education.
- Traditional grading is a system that is subjective. In older traditional grading systems,
grades on report cards often cannot be clearly explained with the high level of
consistency, reliability, and clarity that should be expected of a quality educational
system that is standards-based.