Communicating Student Learning (CSL)

This year Div. 1,2,4,5 and 6 will be participating in a Vancouver School District Pilot project designed to align reporting practices with the redesigned BC curriculum. The project, Communicating Student Learning (or CSL), will result in three significant changes to reporting for the 2017-2018 school year for children in these divisions.

  1. A shift from primarily focussing on summative assessment to primarily focussing 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 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 here?

2. 4 required communications with parents within a calendar year:

  • a minimum of two ongoing communications of student learning throughout the school year
  • one written progress report at the end of January
  • one written summative report at the end of June

A. Ongoing communication with parents (a minimum of twice a year, timing at the teacher’s discretion)

  • based on authentic evidence of student learning from a variety of sources (see over)
  • based on clear standards and expectations with the intention of making learning visible
  • can occur in different ways (student-led conferences, parent-teacher meetings, reflections on student work, on-line platforms, telephone conversations, interim written reports)

B. Written Progress Reports – end of January and end of June

  • a written progress report will be sent to parents on February 2nd, 2018. This report will indicate where the child is in relation to the age/grade expectations at the mid-year point
  • a written summative report will be sent home to parents on June 28th, 2018.  This report will indicate where the child is in relation to the age/grade expectations and will include 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

All 4 communications with parents can include:

  • descriptive information bout the child’s learning
  • samples of student work
  • show and shares
  • written summaries
  • ways to further support the child’s learning at shcool and at home
  • the child’s contributions to the classroom, school and community
  • how the child interacts with others

3. Student Self-Assessment of the Core Competencies with the written summative report in June

  • 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 ina  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. As always, feel free to contact your classroom teacher if you have any questions.


Erin Gibbs

Vice Principal, Dickens Annex

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