Schools provide parents, caregivers, and students with information about the student’s learning at intervals throughout the school year through report cards and other reports. Student reporting requirements are set by the Ministry of Education and Child Care.
Parents, caregivers, and students can still expect five ‘reports’ each school year about student learning; three formal written report cards and two informal communications. Schools will continue to determine what informal reporting looks like, at the school level (example: parent/caregiver – teacher interviews).
Descriptive feedback is provided along with a proficiency scale or letter grade/percentage, depending on the student’s grade level. Grades K-9 will receive written feedback and where your child is at on the Provincial Proficiency Scale. Letter grades and percentages are only provided for students in grades 10-12.
The Provincial Proficiency Scale
The Provincial Proficiency Scale, used for grades K-9 and the secondary school literacy and numeracy assessments, views learning as an ongoing process and is intended to help students attain proficiency.
The four points on the scale include: Emerging (1), Developing (2), Proficient (3), and Extending (4).
The proficiency scale is also used for secondary school literacy and numeracy assessments because the assessment is not based on a particular subject matter or course, but rather on learning across multiple subjects from kindergarten to grade 10 for the numeracy assessment or kindergarten to grade 12 for the literacy assessment.
Information for Parents
30-minute video presentation from Ministry of Education and Child Care staff for more information about K-12 student reporting in BC.
K-12 Student Reporting Presentation for Parents and Caregivers slides (captured as pdf)
Communicating Student Learning: Information for Parents and Caregivers Package (18 pages) … partitions available below:
- How will I know how my child is doing?
- What is my child learning?
- Why is my child not getting letter grades?
- What is descriptive feedback?
- Why is my child self-reflecting and setting goals?
- How will I know my child is on track to graduate?
The provincial changes are explained further in the Reporting on Student Learning is Changing brochure created for families by the ministry.
For more information on student reporting, we encourage you to talk with your teacher(s) and/or school principal.