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Communicating Student Learning

Trudeau Elementary Teachers' reporting practices align with the redesigned BC curriculum.  Since the 2017-2018 school year, teachers have been following this new practice which resulted in three significant changes to reporting in your child’s class: 

  1.  A shift from primarily focusing on summative assessment to  primarily focusing on formative assessment

These changes in communicating with parents are part of the redesigned BC Curriculum.  Based on current assessment research, ongoing personal feedback which is embedded in daily instruction, along with examples of student work are more beneficial in supporting student learning than simply reporting on student results.  Thus, the shift in practice.  The communication of student learning to parents is based on clear standards and expectations and is intended to make learning visible.  Students are encouraged to think of the questions: 

  • Where am I now?

  • Where am I going? 

  • What do I need to do to get there?

2.  Five required communications with parents within a calendar year: 

  • a minimum of two ongoing communications of student learning throughout the school year 

  • one written learning update on December 1,2023

  • one written learning update March 12, 2024

  • one written summative learning update at the end of June, 2024 

3.   Ongoing Communication with Parents 

  • based on authentic evidence of student learning from a variety of sources (examples of student work, photographs, audio, video, portfolios)

  • based on clear standards and expectations with the intention of making learning visible

  • can occur in different ways (three-way conferences, electronic portfolio reviews, parent-teacher meetings, reflections on student work, MyBlueprint, Teams, or other on-line platforms, telephone conversations, interim written reports)


Written Learning Updates

  • a written learning update will be sent to parents on December 1 and March 12.  These updates will indicate where the child is in relation to the age/grade expectations at the mid-year point 

  • a written summative learning update will be sent to parents by the end of June.  This update will indicate where the child is in relation to the age/grade expectations and a student self-assessment of the Core Competencies (Communication, Thinking and Personal and Social)

  • where applicable, a summary of the progress toward the goals in the child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be provided

  • letter grades will not be included

All 5 communications with parents can include: 

  • descriptive information about the child’s learning

  • the learning goals the child is working towards

  • ways to further support the child’s learning at school and at home

  • the child’s contributions to the classroom, school and community

  • how the child interacts with others


Student Self-Assessment of the Core Competencies with the written learning updates

  • began June 2017

By participating in this process, students are provided with meaningful information about their learning so that they can monitor their progress towards the learning goals they have set.  Parents are involved as partners in a dialogue about their child's progress and the best way to support and improve learning.  We look forward to working with you as we continue to focus on your child's learning.

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