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Understanding the Codes in Grades and Attendance

Levels of Achievement (LOA) for Grades 1-12


Levels of Achievement are the scores teachers use to indicate a student’s level of performance, in relation to the learning objectives from the Programs of Study.

Levels of Achievement graphic image
In grades 1 – 6, Levels of Achievement are used exclusively.
 
Numeric scores/grades are not reported in grades 1 – 6.
In grades 7 – 9, numeric scores/grades and Levels of Achievement are used:
 
• LoAs are used on outcomes for all subjects, and as overall grades in Health, Physical Education, and options.

• Numeric scores are used on assignments and as final grades in the core subjects and Religion.
In grades 10 – 12, levels of achievement are used to provide feedback for improved learning only and are not used to formulate grades.

In the 2021-22 school year, we will be piloting these levels of achievement at two sites. In 2022-23, parents can expect to see the use of levels of achievement in academic core classes at all sites.



LEVEL OF ACHIEVEMENT (GR 1 – 12)

CRITERIA THE STUDENT…
STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE (SE)• Demonstrates an in-depth and/or insightful understanding of the learning outcomes from the program of studies
• Applies concepts in learning situations deliberately and/or independently; the student reliably transfers understanding to new contexts
• Demonstrates precision and/or creativity in applying skills and strategies between concepts to approach new learning situations
PROFICIENT STANDARD (PF)
• Demonstrates a comprehensive and/or thoughtful understanding of the learning outcomes from the program of studies • Applies concepts in learning situations intentionally and/or logically and can routinely transfer understanding to new contexts
• Demonstrates flexibility and/or purpose in applying skills and strategies to approach new learning situations
ACCEPTABLE STANDARD (AS)
• Demonstrates a rudimentary and/or satisfactory understanding of the learning outcomes from the program of studies
• Applies concepts in learning situations with scaffolded guidance and support; the student is inconsistent in transferring understanding to new contexts
• Demonstrates functional and/or straightforward skills and strategies to approach new learning situations; application of skills and strategies may be inconsistent and/or predictable
BEGINNING STANDARD (BE)
• Demonstrates a simplistic and/or minimal understanding of the learning outcomes from the program of studies
• Applies concepts in learning situations with repeated guidance and support; the student is not yet able to transfer understanding to new contexts
Lacks skills and strategies to approach new learning situations; demonstrates uncertainty and/or difficulty in acquiring skills and strategies

Levels of Achievement (LOA) for Kindergarten


Kindergarten cartoon student imageIn January and June your child will be assigned Levels of Achievement for the learning outcomes related to the Alberta Kindergarten Program of Studies. You will notice that the levels of achievement used in kindergarten differ from those used in 1 through 12. For our youngest learners, it takes time to develop mastery of foundational skills. As such, we expect that there may be times when your child is still working on developing these important concepts.


LEVEL OF ACHIEVEMENT
DESCRIPTION CRITERIA
KThe child…  
meets the Kindergarten standards
• demonstrates solid understanding of the learning outcomes from the program of studies
applies concepts in most learning situations
 uses most required skills and strategies effectively 
NThe child…  
needs additional time and practice to meet the Kindergarten standards
• demonstrates some understanding of the learning outcomes from the program of studies
applies concepts in some learning situations
• uses some required skills and strategies effectively 

Flags and Special Codes


Flags and Special Codes more details about an assessment. It is important to note that in elementary, only Flags appear. 

The following table provides brief explanations of the flags and special codes you may see when you check your child’s Grades and Attendance in the PowerSchool parent portal.


FLAG/CODE

 EXPLANATION
Collected IconThe student has completed the assessment and the teacher has collected it.
Incomplete IconThe assessment has been turned in/attempted/observed and is not complete.
Missing IconThe student has not turned in or performed for an assessment.
Absent IconThis assessment was not completed due to the student being absent.
Late IconThis assessment is late.
Exempt IconThe student is exempt from completing this assessment.
ADP
The student receives adapted programming and is not assessed with a level of achievement on this learning outcome. It is used from Kindergarten to Grade 9. Please visit our Inclusive Education page for more information.
IEA
There is insufficient evidence of learning to assess. This is used only at the end of a learning cycle, not on individual assignments. It will accompanied by communication with the parent regarding the context of its use.
NHI
“Not Handed In” is equivalent to a numeric score of zero. It is used exclusively in junior high and high school, on assignments only, and not as a final grade.
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