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Update on Student Assessment and Evaluation
Update on Student Assessment and Evaluation for 2020-2021
Posted on 10/14/2020

As we have now settled students into daily learning routines, we want to provide parents and students with updated information about student evaluations and when reports will be sent home over the course of the 2020-2021 school year.

Kindergarten Students
Report cards for our Kindergarten students (known as Kindergarten progress reports) will be sent home with students attending school in-person on November 20. For families with children pursuing remote-learning programs, the progress reports will be mailed home on or close to that date.

Student in Grades 1 to 8
Progress reports for students in Grades 1-8 will be sent home with students attending school in-person on November 11 and mailed home to all remote-learning students on or close to that date.

EQAO Assessments for Grade 3 and Grade 6
In light of the community health challenges posed by COVID- 19 that could interrupt key events that are scheduled province-wide for all schools, the Ministry of Education has cancelled EQAO Assessments for Grade 3 and Grade 6 for the 2020-2021 school year.

Secondary Evaluation of Student Learning and Final Examinations
The Ministry of Education has recently given school districts the ability to adjust secondary evaluation processes to reflect the realities that come with learning and attending school during the uncertainties of a pandemic. So, for the 2020-2021 school year, there will be no final exams for secondary students (Grades 9-12) at the end of any quadmester. Instead, student grades will be solely based on the specific learning activities and assignments completed by students that serves as term work for each course.

Grades 9-12 students will be provided with a mark-to-date at the midpoint of each course rather than the typical mid-term report. Marks-to-date will be shared with students in writing to the student’s UCDSB email account. 

At any point, should parents or students have questions or concerns regarding your progress, please connect with your child’s teacher. We encourage our staff to have open and ongoing communications with parents/guardians.

Adjustments to Graduation Requirements
Community Involvement Hours 
For the 2020-2021 school year, the 40-hour community involvement graduation requirement has been reduced to 20 hours. This change reflects that graduating students may have met barriers in earning the 40-hour requirement for community involvement hours during the last school year, and there may continue to be such barriers this school year. Any student having difficulty earning the 20-hour requirement should contact their school Principal or guidance office to explore the range of flexible considerations that can be made available. 

Ontario Secondary School Grade 10 Literacy Test (OSSLT)
Students expecting to graduate in the 2020-2021 school year will need to complete the Grade 10 Literacy Test. This test will be administered in the Spring of 2021. If students are eligible to graduate prior to the end of the school year and would like to complete their diploma requirements before the OSSLT is administered, they should contact our guidance office.

We want to thank our students and parents/guardians for their outstanding efforts to adapt to the new routines of enhanced hygiene practices at our schools, participating in daily health screening, and the overall support as the UCDSB continues to navigate what it means to operate schools during a global pandemic.


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