The Provincial Report Card, Grades 11–12
Student achievement is communicated formally to students and parents by means of the (Ontario) Provincial Report Card. The report card focuses on two distinct but related aspects of student achievement: the achievement of curriculum expectations and the development of learning skills. To more clearly reflect these two aspects of student achievement, the report card contains separate sections for reporting on achievement of the curriculum expectations and for reporting on demonstrated skills required for effective learning. The report card also includes teachers’ comments on the student’s strengths, areas in which improvement is needed, and ways in which improvement might be achieved. Separate sections are provided for recording attendance and lateness in each course.
REPORTING ON ACHIEVEMENT OF CURRICULUM EXPECTATIONS
The report card provides a record of the student’s achievement of the curriculum expectations in every course at particular points in the school year in the form of a percentage grade. Upper School students will receive three report cards during the year. Grade 7-10 students will receive a fall progress report and two full MYP reports along with an OSSD percentage report. Grade 11-12 students will receive three OSSD report cards. The percentage grade on the report represents the quality of the student’s overall achievement of the expectations for the course and reflects the corresponding level of achievement as described in the achievement chart for the discipline. A final grade is recorded for every course, and an OSSD credit is granted in which the student’s grade is 50% or higher. The final grade for each course in Grades 9-12 will be determined as follows:
- 70% of the grade will be based on evaluations conducted throughout the course. This portion of the grade should reflect the student’s most consistent level of achievement throughout the course, although special consideration should be given to more recent evidence of achievement.
- 30% of the grade will be based on a final evaluation in the form of an examination, performance, and/or other method of evaluation suitable to the course content and administered towards the end of the course. In the case of DP students in the final year of their course, the final 30% is derived from their final IB grade.
In all of their courses, students will be provided with numerous and varied opportunities to demonstrate the full extent of their achievement of the curriculum expectations across all four categories of knowledge and skills.
REPORTING ON DEMONSTRATED LEARNING SKILLS
The report card provides a record of the learning skills demonstrated by the student in every course in the following 6 categories: Responsibility, Independent Work, Collaboration, Organization, Initiative, and Self-Regulation. The learning skills are evaluated using a 4-point scale (E-Excellent, G-Good, S-Satisfactory, N-Needs Improvement). The separate evaluation and reporting of the learning skills in these 6 areas reflects their critical role in students’ achievement of the curriculum expectations. To the extent possible, the evaluation of learning skills, apart from any that may be included as part of a curriculum expectation in a course, will not be considered in the determination of percentage grades.
STUDENT RECORDS AND THE ONTARIO STUDENT TRANSCRIPT
The Ontario Student Record (OSR) is the official record for a student. The OSR contains achievement results, credits earned, diploma requirements and other information important to the education of the student. Students and parents have a right to view the OSR upon request. Along with the student’s report cards, a copy of an Ontario Student Transcript (OST) is kept in the OSR.
The Ontario Student Transcript (OST) provides a comprehensive record of a student’s overall achievement in high school. The credits that a secondary school student has earned towards fulfilment of the requirements for the graduation diploma will be recorded on the OST. The transcript will include the following information:
- the student’s achievement in Grades 9 and 10, with percentage grades earned and credits gained for successfully completed credit courses.
- a list of all Grade 11 and 12 courses taken or attempted by the student, with the percentage grades earned and the credits gained (students repeating a course for which they have already earned a credit will earn only one credit for the completion of that course).
- identification of any course in Grade 11 or 12 from which the student has withdrawn (See note on “Course Withdrawals”).
- identification of any course that has been substituted for one that is a diploma requirement.
- confirmation that the student has completed the community involvement requirement.
- the student’s successful completion of the secondary school literacy requirement (OSSLT).
- an indication of any extraordinary circumstances affecting the student’s achievement in a Grade 11 or 12 course.
In addition to recording the number of credits earned, it may be indicated on a student’s transcript that the student has taken a specialized programme or a programme in a specialized school. For example, students taking a programme in one of the arts or in technological education or in a language may thus be given recognition on their OST for their participation in such a programme.