All K-9 students in the Sun West School Division are assessed based on a 5 scale rubric. The rubrics are used to communicate achievement on Saskatchewan curricular outcomes.
What are outcomes?
- Outcomes describe what students will know or be able to do in a particular subject by the end of the course or grade level. Curricular outcomes are developed by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Learning and are required learnings.
- For more information, refer to Saskatchewan Learning’ s Renewed Curricula: Understanding Outcomes (http://www.education.gov.sk.ca/Renewed-Curricula-Understanding-Outcomes)
How are outcomes used in our courses?
Teachers use the Saskatchewan outcomes to set the student learning goals for each course.
Learning activities, assignments and assessments are developed to allow learners to experience the goals that are aligned to the curriculum. Assessments are used to determine if a learner has acquired the skills or concepts outlined in an outcome. To do this, the Sun West rubric is used helps to both measure and report on achievement.
How are rubrics used to measure outcomes?
A common misconception is that rubrics will then transfer to grades like this 3/5 = 60%. In K-9, rubric levels are not transferred into a percentage.
The purpose of a rubric is to communicate a learning level. The rubric indicates if you understood, met, or mastered the skill according to the rubric descriptions.
- Level "1" means that there is insufficient evidence to assess an outcome. This may be a result of a miscommunication of expectations. Learners are encouraged to contact their online instructor after reading the feedback.*
- Level "2" often means that the learner has some understanding of the skill or concept, but that they need to "iron out a couple kinks". Learners and/or learning mentors are encouraged to contact their online instructors after reading the feedback.*
- Level "3" on the rubric indicates that a learner has shown enough evidence of understanding the skill being practiced. This represents grade level achievement.
- Level "4" on the rubric indicates that a learner has shown evidence of understanding the skill and can apply it in a thoughtful way.
Level "5" on the rubric indicates that a learner has shown evidence of not only being able to apply the skill being taught in a thoughtful way, but is able to adapt and personalize the knowledge. There is a transfer of knowledge.
* Learners who receive either a Level "1" or Level "2" will be provided an opportunity to revise and reevaluate their work in order to achieve at a higher level. Please contact the course instructor for more information.
The Sun West Rubric
The following chart is used throughout the Sun West School Division to help learners make sense of the five learning levels on the rubric.
Taken from the Sun West's Teacher Manual for the Middle Level Reporting Process
Adapted with permission from Edmonton Catholic School District, Edmonton, AB