Feedback, Recovery and Improvement Days
Posted on 11/29/2023

In 2010, the Ministry of Education released the policy document Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario Schools, with an emphasis on the primary purpose of assessment, which is to improve student learning. By focusing on conversations with students, observing students in the learning environment, and receiving products from them, educators are able to provide feedback to students and evaluate their learning.

Culminating tasks (which could include a performance, an examination, an essay, or another method of evaluation suitable to the course content) occur towards the end of a course. Students continue to have examinations in the courses in which the teacher’s professional judgement is that examinations are appropriate for demonstrating the learning expectations of the course. Culminating tasks have been shifted to occur earlier than the last week of the semester so that students are provided with that feedback before the end of the semester, and to ensure that they have an opportunity to improve on their learning, and potentially their grades. This process began during the pandemic, and we continue to work towards the goal of all culminating tasks being returned to students with feedback and opportunities for improvement before the term ends.

We have developed a schedule to help students and staff ensure that multiple culminating tasks are not occurring on the same day, and still provide enough time for the students to receive feedback and recommendations for next steps. There will still be assessments occurring until the end of the semester, and projects, portfolios, tests, etc. will continue to happen. The end of the semester is always a busy time for students as they wrap up course material and assignments. We continue to work with our students on all the important skills they need for their future success.

Here are some key dates:

All classes have a Desire2Learn (D2L) online course content platform which will contain key dates for your child. If you have any questions, please contact your teacher.

Culminating task days

Semester One

Period One – Dec. 14, 2023

Period Two – Dec. 15, 2023

Period Four – Dec. 18, 2023

Period Five – Dec. 19, 2023

Semester Two

Period One - May 27, 2024

Period Two - May 28, 2024

Period Four - May 29, 2024

Period Five - May 30, 2024