A model for student assessment at the junior high level : a glimpse into one school's attempts to reform traditional student assessment

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Thiel, Glen M
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 1997
This work contains information related to an innovative program which was implemented, September, 1993, at Jubilee Junior High School, in Edson, Alberta. The program called SOAR. (Striving to Obtain Academic Richness), has become symbolic of educational reform within both Jubilee Junior High School and Grande Yellowhead Regional Division #35. Although the main focus in this work is on the student assessment system, its is difficult to separate program from assessment. Therefore, this work also contains a discussion of the SOAR, program's inception, its philosophical foundation and its general program structure, which is necessary for an understanding of our restructuring of the traditional student assessment model which existed at Jubilee Junior High. This work contains an explanation of our transition towards a more outcome based approach to student evaluation with its emphasis on authentic assessment. It presents a picture of our non-marks based system with a rationale for the structure which replaced the traditional marks based system. This includes a look at strategies used to involve students and parents more directly in the student assessment process and to increase the level of commitment by each. Presented are explanations, including examples, of our use of Student Portfolios, Student-Led/Parent/Teacher Conferences, as well as a look at our general recording and reporting procedures. This work concludes with a examination of our successes and shortcomings related to our changes to traditional student assessment.
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Educational tests and measurements -- Alberta -- Evaluation , Grading and marking (Students) -- Alberta -- Evaluation , Junior high school students -- Rating of