Assessment Policy

Lake Trail Middle School – Student Assessment Policy

We believe that quality assessment, ongoing evaluation, continuous reporting, and clear communication of student progress, are essential components of learning.  A clear assessment practice provides accurate information about individual students and leads to an evaluation and communication process which is beneficial, accurate and meaningful for both students and parents.

At Lake Trail Middle School, each student participates in an ongoing reporting process that balances assessment for learning and assessment of learning with student growth and reflection.

Guiding Principles for Fair Assessment

Assessment is used to improve, guide and support student learning.

  1. Assessment is an ongoing process.
  2. Teachers assess student learning, describe what the student knows and can do, and then use this information to adjust instruction for individual students, small groups, whole classes, and to assist in planning of further instruction.
  3. Students are active participants in the assessment process.
  4. Communication about student assessment and evaluation is ongoing, clear, purposeful, meaningful and respectful.
  5. Assessment and evaluation of student progress must be in relation to learning expectations.

Our practices are consistent with the guidelines outlined by the Ministry of Education in their Framework for Classroom Assessment.

Guiding Principles for Communication of Student Learning

Communicating learning is done in a variety of ways from a growth perspective while focusing on the development of competencies.  It is an ongoing and collaborative process that provides a clear and accurate picture of each student’s learning journey.   The criteria for student learning are based on the B.C. Ministry of Education’s curriculum.

We use digital portfolios which allows us to communicate student learning continuously.  Each student has their own digital portfolio.  Each portfolio has samples of student work from throughout the year.  Posts contain various elements including descriptive feedback, student voice, and the next steps for student learning.  For more details please look at the Guiding Parameters of Reporting that we use.

In the portfolios you will see terms and reference to a proficiency scale (see below).  This is the language we use to describe how a child is doing in specific areas of their learning.  This scale is consistent with the Ministry’s Framework for Classroom Assessment.