Communicating Student Learning

Communicating Student Learning K-Grade 9 Assessment and Reporting Pilot

Overview of CSL and Rationale

The BC Curriculum has been renewed to respond to the changes in the 21st Century. The new curriculum is student-centred, flexible, and maintains a focus on literacy and numeracy, while supporting deeper learning.

As the curriculum has changed, so too must the assessment and reporting of student progress. The purpose of reporting and communicating student learning is for students to be more involved with their learning and to ensure that parents are well informed about their children’s progress, while being aligned with the direction of the revised curriculum. Throughout K-9, student progress in relation to the learning standards will be documented and communicated to students by teachers through ongoing assessment.

School District 22 is embracing these changes and supporting our students by moving from Reporting TO Parents, to Communicating WITH Parents on an ongoing basis. There will be more focus on growth and progress. This involves more fluid processes and changes in what we assess and how we assess, as well as how we communicate student learning to students and their families/caregivers.

The goal of communicating student learning is to ensure that communication between home and school is effective and timely, so that:

  • parents are well informed about their child’s progress;
  • parents are involved as partners in a dialogue about their child’s progress and the best ways to support and improve learning; and
  • students are provided with information that is meaningful to them and helps them to improve their own learning.

What’s Different?

Grades K-7 Grades 8 & 9
  • Points of Progress will be used throughout the year to communicate student growth and progress in all areas of learning.
  • Fall Parent/Teacher/Student conferences will be virtual through an online video conference
  • A mid-year communication of progress for literacy, numeracy, student engagement, and core competencies will be available on MYED at the end of January
  • Spring Parent/Teacher/Student conferences will be virtual through an online video conference
  • A Summary of Progress for all areas of learning, student engagement and core competencies will be available on MYED at the end of June
  • Points of Progress will be used throughout each quarter to communicate student growth and progress in all areas of learning.
  • There will be no Parent/Teacher/Student conferences this year due to Health and Safety Protocols
  • A mid-course communication of progress will be available each quarter on MYED or through a digital portfolio to communicate with parents.
  • A Summary of Progress will be provided at the end of each quarter including strength-based comments and student engagement.  Core competency reflections will be provided for quarters 2 and 4.


Provincial Proficiency Scale

Strength-Based Feedback
Using a strength-based approach, all written descriptive comments will describe students’ strengths (what they know, do, and understand), as well as areas for improvement/development, and specific steps they can take to improve in relation to grade-level learning standards.

2020-21 Conferences (K-7)
The Fall and Spring Conferences serve as two points of progress during the school year that provide an opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to share student progress in areas of learning focusing on strengths and areas of growth.

The Fall Conference is to establish and build relationships, as well as collaboratively develop meaningful goals for student growth. Supports required should also be identified during the conference.

The Spring Conference is an opportunity to follow up on student progress towards the set goals.

Due to the health and safety measures implemented this year as a result of the pandemic, conferences will be online.  You will receive communication from your child’s school and teacher in October.  Teachers may schedule conferences within a two-week window of the early dismissal dates in order to provide flexibility for families when needed.

This year early dismissal dates for conferences are as follows:

Fall Conferences: Thursday October 29, Friday October 30

Spring Conferences: Thursday April 29, Friday April 30

2020-21 Conferences (Grades 8 & 9)
Due to the health and safety protocols in our ECP and the move to the quarter system structure, there will not be conferences at high schools this year.  Please contact your child’s teacher directly should you have any questions or concerns on their growth and progress.

Summary Report
The Summary Report is a written report on student progress in relation to the learning standards in all subjects. It is provided to parents at the end of the course in grades 8 & 9 and at the end of the year in K-7. Progress is communicated using strength-based feedback and next steps for learning, as well as the provincial proficiency scale is used in each area of learning. The Summary Report also includes comments on student engagement and the student self-assessment of the Core Competencies.

Supporting Documents

SD22 2020-21 CSL Parent Documents
B.C.’s K-12 Assessment System – Ministry Website
K-9 Student Progress Reporting Policy – Ministry of Education Newsletter
The Land Who Went Gradeless – video

Communicating Student Learning Committee
The Communicating Student Learning process for School District 22 was a collaborative effort between SD22 staff, parents and students. The CSL Committee included six teachers, three school-based administrative staff, three district office staff, three parents and two students.

Over the course of the 2018-2019 school year, the committee explored how communicating student learning could provide more descriptive feedback to students and parents about their growth and progress.

Last year the 2019-2020 CSL Committee regularly reviewed feedback throughout the implementation process and provided recommendations for revisions and improvements for the following year.  This year the 2020-21 CSL Committee will be collecting and reviewing feedback from all stakeholders to provide recommendations for the 2021-22 school year.

If you have more questions or would like to further discuss Communicating Student Learning, please contact the office at your child’s school to set up a meeting with the teacher or school-based admin.