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Assessment, Evaluation and Communication

Assessment, evaluation, and communication of student learning and achievement are essential components of the teaching and learning process.  The role of assessment is to improve student learning by providing information needed to direct the instruction to meet each student’s strengths, needs and interests.  Student involvement in assessment practices increases engagement, learning and achievement.  High-quality assessment practices provide students with multiple and varied opportunities to demonstrate achievement and lead to deeper learning.

Our procedures and process for assessment, evaluation and reporting at Keswick High School are outlined below and stem from the fundamental principles found in the Ministry of Education’s document: Growing Success – Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting: Improving Student Learning.

Policy for Evaluation and Reporting

The evaluation of all achievement demonstrated in courses is based on the Ministry categories of Knowledge and Understanding, Thinking, Application, and Communication as described in the Course Outline.


Determining Final Grades

Assessment for, as, and of Learning

Students, teachers and parents all have critical roles in ensuring that students submit evidence of their learning to meet course expectations within established timelines.


To assist students, teachers will:

  • share learning goals and success criteria to help you develop a clear understanding of the quality of work that you need to demonstrate to meet the performance standards;
  • show you exemplars and samples of student work;
  • provide you with opportunities to receive, give and use descriptive feedback from your teachers peers and self, prior to the final evaluation;
  • teach you to set your own goals and monitor growth in relation to the curriculum expectations;
  • develop and assess your learning skills and work habits to support lifelong learning;
  • provide clear communication of timelines, due dates, and the school policy for assessment and evaluation;
  • use fair, transparent and equitable assessment, evaluation and communication practices.


To be active participants in their learning, students will:  

  • provide evidence of  achievement of the curriculum expectations within the time frame specified by the teacher, and in a form approved by the teacher;
  • demonstrate the learning skills and work habits that support life-long learning;
  • use descriptive feedback to monitor learning;
  • recognize, describe and apply success criteria in relation to the learning goals;
  • reflect on thinking and learning to inform next steps;
  • seek assistance when appropriate; and
  • fulfill responsibilities and commitments within the learning environment.


To assist students, parents will:

  • learn how assessment and evaluation information is being used;
  • work collaboratively with the school, teacher and child;
  • actively monitor their child’s learning and support the child in implementing next steps for improvement;
  • communicate regularly with their child’s teacher(s);
  • assist with developing the importance of creating and submitting high quality original work;
  • assist with developing learning skills (especially time management) in order to meet deadlines; 
  • advise teachers and provide documentation prior to authorized absences. 


Timely Completion and Submission of Assignments for Evaluation


The expectation is that all assignments for evaluation will be written and/or submitted on time. 

  • If you are going to be away on an assigned due-date for a prearranged reason, it is your responsibility to submit the assignment on a date that is mutually agreen upon by you and your classroom teacher. 
  • Absences are considered acceptable for reasons such as illness, family bereavement, and/or pre-arranged family vacation (Forms can be picked up at Attendance Office).


  • In the event that you do not complete the assignment for evaluation, an opportunity to make up the assignment will be provided according to Board Policy. 


Responses and Application of Consequences:

In the event that an assignment for evaluation is not completed on the assigned date, your teacher will engage in solution-focused dialogue with you and/or your parent(s)/guardian(s) to determine and document appropriate consequences and responses which may include a combination of the following:

  • Completion and submission of the late/missed assignment or an alternate assignment. 
  • Re-negotiation of timelines for submission, after which a mark of zero may be assigned.
  • Deduction of marks for late assignments. 


Science Department Late Assignment Practice

  • When possible, for valid absences, the student will complete the missing assignment or test the next class period attended.  The student will bill be responsible for catching up on missed work.  
  • Late assignments without a valid excuse will lose 10% of the overall mark per school day it is late and parents will be notified.  A maximum of 50% penalty will be assessed.  However, once the assignment has been returned to the class a mark of zero will be assigned, unless the teacher feels the integrity of the assignment is not compromised

*For consequences arising from instances of plagiarism and cheating, please refer to the KHS Academic Integrity Policy.


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