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K to 12 Provincial Assessment

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Each school board in Alberta sets goals in their education plan. Each goal includes targets that describe what will be accomplished by a certain time. Some of the targets are school and school board performance in provincial, standardized tests like the Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT) and Diploma Exams (DIP). 


Early Years Assessments

The Alberta government has implemented mandatory literacy and numeracy screening tools for students in grade 1 to 3, to ensure students are receiving essential foundational learning in the critical early years of their education. Schools will assess all students to determine students at-risk, implement intervention strategies, and then re-assess all at-risk students again at the end of the school year to measure their progress. Assessing students in their early years provides essential information to teachers, parents and government about potential student learning issues and needs, and ensures students at risk get the help they need sooner. 

Literacy Assessment

The English Letter Name-Sound (LeNS) assessment is designed to ensure a student has the foundational phonics skills to develop into an independent reader. LeNS assesses a student’s ability to sound out single letters and letter combinations (for example, n, d, e, ch, ay, oa, oy). The Tests Nom et son des lettres (NSLe) is the French equivalent of the English LeNS Test. It assesses a student’s ability to sound out single letters and French letter combinations (for example, a,s r,ou, ch, ain).

The Castles and Coltheart 3 (CC3) assessment is an English word-reading test designed to identify the nature of a student’s reading difficulties. CC3 assesses a student’s ability to recall familiar and irregular words (for example, take, hand, island, cough), and their ability to sound out non words (for example, norf, framp, gurve) that were created specially for this assessment and are meant to be fictitious and without meaning. The Test Castle et Coltheart 3 (CC3) is the French equivalent of the English CC3 assessment.

Numeracy Assessment

The numeracy screening assessments are a collection of tasks designed to help teachers understand their students’ underlying knowledge of the number system, basic number operations and proportional reasoning skills.

Early Years Assessments Results

Schools will assess all students to determine students at-risk, implement intervention strategies, and then re-assess all at-risk students again at the end of the school year to measure their progress. Results are available for each school authority and individual schools. 

Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) 

PAT's are administered annually to all Alberta students in grades 6 and 9. These standardized tests reflect the essentials that all Alberta students are expected to achieve, regardless of school choice or location.

PATs help:

  • determine if students are learning what they are expected to learn
  • report to Albertans how well students have achieved provincial standards at given points in their schooling
  • assist schools, authorities and the province in monitoring and improving student learning

The tests occur in January, May and June for English and Français/French language arts, math, science and social studies. Some grade 9 students write PATs in January of each year

PAT results

PAT results are available for each school authority and individual schools. Schools are responsible for sharing preliminary PAT results with parents and guardians. Every fall, schools receive the official Individual Student Profile (ISPs), which are kept on the students’ records in accordance with the Student Record Regulation. Contact your school for information on when the results will be shared with the School Council and when individual student results will be shared with parents/guardians.

Interpreting results

Careful examination and interpretation of results help educators identify areas of relative strength and weakness in student achievement. Teachers and administrators can use this information in planning and delivering relevant and effective instruction. View the guidelines for interpreting achievement tests.

PATs are only one of many ways to evaluate student learning and are not meant to replace day-to-day teacher observations and classroom assessment. They are sources of information that must be interpreted, used and communicated within the context of regular and continuous assessment by classroom teachers.

Diploma Exams 

The Grade 12 Diploma Examinations Program has 3 main purposes:

  • to certify the level of individual student achievement in selected Grade 12 courses
  • to ensure that provincewide standards of achievement are maintained
  • to report individual and group results

Diploma exams are administered each year in January, April, June, August, and November.

Courses

Diploma exams are available for the following courses:

  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • English Language Arts 30–1
  • English Language Arts 30–2
  • Français 30–1
  • French Language Arts 30–1
  • Mathematics 30–1
  • Mathematics 30–2
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30–1
  • Social Studies 30–2

French language exams

All diploma exams, except English Language Arts 30–1 and English Language Arts 30–2, are translated into French.

Diploma Exam Results

Student results are available on myPass approximately 3 weeks after writing diploma exams. Results are available for each school authority and individual schools. Contact your school for information on when the results will be shared with the School Council.

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