Assessment & Evaluation in the OCDSB

A big shift is happening in my school board, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) with respect to our assessment and evaluation policies. A lot of teachers are feeling anxious about this shift, not only about how to implement the new policies and supporting documentation, but also about the reasons behind it. The new approach is modelled (I feel) on a framework called standards-based grading.

I don’t purport to be any expert in this new approach. I have been shifting towards this new method of A&E over the last 4 or 5 years and wanted to share my understanding of it with you. My hope is to start a conversation about what this new policy looks like in each of our classrooms.

Over the course of several blog posts I will delve into 4 different aspects of the new A&E policy (I will add links here as the posts get written):

1. The framework and philosophy behind standards-based grading.

2. The Assessment Plan

3. Your assessment & evaluation tools (“what will my tests look like?”)

4. The Evidence Record

“Determining a report card grade will involve teachers’ professional judgement and interpretation of evidence and should reflect the student’s most consistent level of achievement, with special consideration given to more recent evidence.” – GROWING SUCCESS

Update (2014.12.04): Here is what the OCDSB published for parents this fall on the topic of their assessment & evaluation policy:
Parent Guide to Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting – Grades 9-12

If you comments, questions, and/or ideas you’d like to share on the topic, please leave a comment below or connect via Twitter @wheeler_laura.

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)

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