Local Organizations Lead the Way in Redefining How Student Achievement Is Communicated
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) and Edmonton-based DevFacto Technologies Inc. have teamed up to develop a new system of reporting student achievement designed to replace more traditional report cards.
Communicating Student Learning (CSL) is an academic reporting system that enables teachers to report outcomes-based student achievement levels rather than traditional holistic grades. CSL also allows teachers to share information about student learning attributes separately from academic achievement, and to provide personalized comments that focus on academic and learning attribute strengths and next steps. CSL report cards are written in parent friendly, clear language that invites meaningful conversations about student progress and achievement.
In 2013, EIPS established a committee of parents, teachers, administrators, trustees, and central office leaders to begin the process of developing a new report card. Guided by the Alberta Education Program of Studies, best practices in assessment and reporting, and information gained from a series of surveys, the EIPS committee worked to create a report card that is not only informative and digitally accessible to parents, but also seamlessly links to the Division’s student information system. In EIPS, it is currently being implemented at the elementary level.
In the spring of 2015, EIPS and DevFacto launched a pilot of a cloud-based solution aimed at shifting the way student learning is captured and shared between parents, teachers, and students. This fresh take on academic reporting consists of an aesthetically pleasing digital report card as well as a “Learning Wall”: an online “wall” upon which student work (writing samples, video presentations, images, and audio) may be tracked, displayed, archived, and shared.
Since being piloted in EIPS in the 2015-16 school year, CSL has garnered very positive feedback from parents, teachers, and students. Of the parents and teachers who responded to a recent survey:
- 93% of parents indicated they felt CSL was easy to navigate online;
- A number of teachers indicated they felt CSL took far less time to complete than their previous report card; and administrators reported that less time is now required to review report cards
The CSL solution is making waves throughout Alberta and Western Canada. DevFacto and EIPS intend to roll the solution out to a number of other school boards across Canada in coming months.