What is Outcome-based Reporting?
The purpose of a report card is to confirm with parents their child's level of achievement and communicate ways that parents can support their child's learning. Outcomes are statements that describe what students are expected to know and able to do. By reporting outcomes from the Alberta Program of Studies, it is easy to determine specific strengths and weaknesses in student achievement and to target areas for improvement or enhanced learning.Traditional reporting practices generally communicate an "average" or how effectively students are completing homework, quizzes and/or exams. Outcome-based reporting is aligned with the Program of Studies to provide meaningful information regarding what a student knows and is able to do.
Elementary Report Card
Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools implemented an outcome-based report card in all of our elementary schools in 2006. At each of the three reporting periods, parents receive a multiple page document with more specific information on their child's achievement, effort and growth.
Reporting on Achievement
In elementary, student work is assessed through an outcome from the Alberta programs of study. Teachers are using levels of achievement in their reporting of a student's progress. A level of achievement provides a summative statement of student achievement based on assessment evidence at the time of the report card. Each level describes the quality of performance, clearly connects to program outcomes, characterizes a level of understanding of subject-area content and makes evident a level of knowledge and skills. The four levels of achievement are:
- Demonstrates Excellent Achievement
- Demonstrates Proficient Achievement
- Demonstrates Basic Achievement
- Demonstrates Progressing Toward Grade Level
Reporting on Growth as a Learner
In this report card, a student's social growth and work habits are reported in the 'Growth as a Learner' section along with the teacher's comment that provides additional information.
Comments on Student Learning
Teachers also write comments on student achievement and these are reported separately for Religious Education, English and French Language Arts and Mathematics. Teachers may opt to write comments in any other subject area.
Reporting on Effort
As in the previous report card, there is a comment reflecting a student's effort. Effort comments indicate a student's progress based primarily on two criteria: participation and work completion. Participation means the extent to which a student is engaged in the class, whereas work completion refers to the extent to which students meet expectations about the tasks presented as part of the curriculum. In other words, work completion reflects evidence of the completion of classroom tasks in a timely and appropriate manner, all the while adhering to the conventions that have been set for those assignments. Effort is reported using the following descriptions:
- Applies Extra Effort
- Displays Effort Consistently
- Effort is Inconsistent
- Requires more Effort
During the first two reporting periods, students write a reflection on the front page of their report card. The comment should reflect the ideas or conclusions that are a result of them thinking about their work, and should be connected to their strengths and weaknesses. This will help them determine future goals and actions.
Middle School PowerSchool Report Card
PowerSchool is a student information management system that our school Division uses. All our middle schools and high schools use it for student assessment and reporting. Our middle schools use an outcome-based report card while our high schools use the more traditional category-based report card.Parents and students can go online to view current marks, comments and announcements at https://powerschool.rdcrs.ca/public. If you need assistance to login, contact your school. PowerSchool also offers parent and student mobile devices applications.