Changes Coming to Final Evaluations for Secondary Students Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has made this a school year unlike any other, and now new guidelines around culminating assessments will make exam season look different as well, with Grand Erie working to ensure common and equitable grading practices in tune with the times.
“These guidelines have been modified to reflect changes made by the Ministry of Education in terms of the assessment and evaluation of student learning, and recognize the current circumstances educators, students and families are navigating,” said Denise Martins, Superintendent responsible for Grand Erie’s Secondary Program. “These are exceptional times, with significant changes to how the school year is structured and the modes of delivering curriculum learning, so flexibility and responsiveness are crucial.”
The changes mean that previously scheduled examination dates on the 2020-21 school calendar will now become Credit Rescue/Culminating Activity assessment days for each quadmester. Final grades will be based on a combination of evaluation conducted throughout the course and a summative evaluation based on a culminating activity worth up to 10 per cent of the mark. Teachers can provide a broad range of culminating activity options, or combination of options, including essays, a performance or presentation, the creation of a project, report, lab demonstration, etc., appropriate to the course.
“The intent of the culminating activity is to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their overall learning in the course,” said Martins. “Final marks will be reflective of the whole quadmester’s work including the culminating activity.”
Changes to Secondary Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting 2020-21: