Manitoba First Nations Province Wide Assessment Initiative
The Grade 3, 7, 8 and Elder’s Roundtables that took place this past year were successfully attended by Year 1 School teachers. Roundtable reports are nearly complete; these will be sent to schools in early June 2013. A “Student Learning and Assessment Framework” document is in draft form, and will be ready for review by Principals, Directors, roundtable participants and community members as part of the 2013-2014 work plan activities. The Assessment Initiative work plan for 2013-2014 includes the following activities:
For Grade 3, 7, 8 teachers collecting assessment results on the academic competencies:
Year 1 schools/Year 2 Schools:
All schools should be reporting on Grade 3, 7 and 8 assessments in the 2013 – 2014 school year using:
1. The CAR (collection of assessment results) system (dependent on Internet connectivity at the school, use of manual report template will apply in the event of poor connectivity).
2. The manual report template with male and female data (report template can be accessed on MFNERC assessment web page) In the event, there are new teachers assigned to these grades, the assessment specialist can do the inschool training and support of teachers on the collection, reporting and use of assessment information. School assessment team members trained from previous years can also guide and support new teachers.
Year 3 Schools:
Training will be completed for Grade 3, 7 and 8 teachers by early October 2013. The target reports for starting schools and newly trained teachers are the Middle Years Assessments, preferably Grade 8 and Grade 7 is optional. The 2013-2014 training sessions are scheduled as follows:
1. Winnipeg – Grade 3
September 16 – 17, 2013
2. Thompson – Grade 3
September 30 – October 1, 2013
3. Thompson – Grade 7
September 25 – 26, 2013
4. Winnipeg – Grade 7
October 1 – 2, 2013
5. Thompson – Grade 8
September 23 – 24, 2013
6. Winnipeg – Grade 8
October 7 – 8, 2013
Grade Level teachers from Year 3 schools will receive an invitation to attend one of these training sessions. Newly hired or assigned teachers are welcome to attend these training sessions from Year 1 and Year 2 schools. Please speak to the Assessment Manager or the assessment specialist for your region as coverage for travel is limited. Updates on training venues and agendas for training sessions will be sent to schools in August and Early September.
Standard Provincial Report Card Template
For the Provincial Report Card, the whole staff should receive an orientation on the use of this template. The assessment specialist can provide this orientation. MFNERC specialists can also help teachers plan their units for the year (and thus aligning teaching to reporting).
What’s important to know about the provincial report card are the subject area categories: how is my teaching plan aligning with what needs to be reported to parents?
For learning behaviors on the report card, classroom teachers ask “How do my students understand success (criteria) as it relates to the Grade 7 student engagement competencies and the learning behaviors indicators in the Report Card support document?”
Roundtables for Grade 3, 7 and 8 Teachers to review collection, reporting and planning from results:
These are specifically for teachers who have completed Part 1 and Part 2 training, who are implementing and will be reporting on these assessments. The roundtables will be held once again in Winnipeg for Year 2 and Year 3 Schools.
Grade 3 Roundtable:
December 9-10, 2013
Grade 7 Roundtable:
March 10-11, 2014
Grade 8 Roundtable:
March 18-19, 2014
Letters of invitation (to teachers) will be sent to schools in the new school year.
Student Learning and Assessment Framework
Elder’s Roundtables Series (Island Lake, Cree, Anishinaabe, Dene, and Dakotah) will be held in October 2013 to include language teachers and Directors. Reports from past MFNERC gatherings have been used to develop a Student Learning and Assessment Framework draft document. Participants will review and refine the framework. Dates and venues to be confirmed and an updates will be posted as they become available.
Community Meetings on Student Learning Assessments
Through the FNSSP (First Nations Student Success Program), new funding for 2013-2014 will help to sponsor a community information meeting with parents, caregivers, community members on student learning and First Nations assessment framework and model. Please see your regions School Team Leader or contact Elmer Everett, Service Delivery Program Manager or Brenda Delorme, Assessment Program Manager if you wish to set up a meeting for your community.