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Pickering College promotes assessment, evaluation and reporting for the purpose of improving student learning, recognizing that every student is unique and each must have opportunities to achieve success according to his or her own interests, abilities and goals. Student learning is best accomplished through a shared partnership with students, parents, guardians, community members and educators.

The Purpose of Assessment

Assessment is the continual process of gathering and interpreting evidence of student learning in a way that promotes a positive learning experience. This process provides students and parents with descriptive feedback that guides students’ efforts to improve. The feedback given to students occurs at different stages of the process. It also allows teachers to make professional judgments about and report on student achievement based on established criteria and measured against overall and specific expectations for learning.

Pickering College supports the use of assessment in three ways:

  • assessment as learning so that students set their own success criteria and learning goals
  • assessment for learning so students receive ongoing feedback to determine where students are in their learning and what they need to do to improve
  • assessment of learning which involves the collecting and interpreting of evidence for the purpose of making professional judgments and communicating the student’s achievements to the parents. This occurs at or near the end of a learning cycle (e.g. unit and/or term) and is an evaluation of student success at that point in time.

Pickering College is committed to providing assessment, evaluation and reporting that is fair, equitable and transparent, and results in accurate information about student learning in relation to Ontario curriculum expectations or alternative expectations. Our goal is to summarize and communicate to parents/guardians, other teachers, and students themselves meaningful information such as what students know and can do well, and how they can improve and demonstrate their learning.

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