Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New Report Card Mandate for Ontario Elementary Teachers

The Ministry of Education released a statement today regarding changes to the delivery of report cards. Ontario elementary teachers are no longer expected to deliver a provincial report card three times per year, teachers are now mandated to deliver a fall progress report card.

The fall progress report is intended to facilitate and increase communications between parents, and to be used as a means of identifying how their child is progressing using a very well, well or with difficulty. From the looks of it, it's a means of addressing the concerns of parents, identifying the needs of students, and taking the pressure off of teachers to do something which is very difficult in the first 6 to 8 weeks of a new class - carefully, accurately, and fairly assess a student in order to target specific learning needs. And to do all this is a context more conducive to honest, proactive communications with goals set for the long-term.

The progress report will assess and evaluate students in the same areas as the report card, will count towards the student's overall assessment, and will be stored in the students' Ontario Students Records.

The new Progress Report Card has been tested in pilot projects in sixty schools and nine school boards, and will be introduced in the 2010-11 school year.

Read about the new Fall Progress Report Card initiative: