The policy was approved by the Board of Trustees in June 2017 and will be implemented during the 2017-2018 school year.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, through extensive consultation and research has attempted to develop a policy in the best interest of our students, staff, and families, as well as our school communities and the public education system. The goal is a policy which leads to student success.
The regulations associated with the policy will be considered as a working draft, so schools can become familiar, implement them as works best for their school community, and provide feedback to the District based upon both practical application and comments of their school community. Differences from school-to-school in approach and practice are common in our system, though there is a general consistency.
The policy suggests school-wide student intervention processes which help to support students but also has Escalating Levels of Intervention. The policy recognizes that responsibility rests with teachers, students, and families to ensure students are actively participating in academics and completing their work. It is important to note that all students are different and some will need to be supported more than others in order to be successful.
There is an expectation in the policy that work be completed on time as assigned and a mark of zero may be given if this expectation is not met, according to school-based guidelines. A mark of zero should not be the final mark without interventions taking place by the school, including communication with the student and parents/guardians. This approach is not about a lowering of standards, but expecting work to be completed and ensuring student responsibility for having to complete work.
Academic dishonesty (plagiarism or cheating) in grades 7 to 12 can result in mark of zero. As well, disciplinary action can occur according to the school's code of conduct.
We do believe in our students and in giving them every opportunity to succeed and as such, a teacher's professional judgement can be used to take actions within the best interest of the student.
In summary, the goal of the Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting policy is to ensure:
- student success;
- students are committed to their work and complete it so that it can be assessed; and,
- there are expectations and consequences which involve the school, student, and family.