ASV recognizes that teaching, learning and assessment are fundamentally interdependent. Assessment must be in accordance with best practice principles and students should be made aware of the assessment tools used before commencing any area of study.
All internal assessments should be designed to be formative in nature for the student and summative where appropriate. Feedback to students should be prompt and supportive, and teachers should keep a clear and accurate record of any assessment.
We believe that the purposes of student assessment should be to:
• enhance the learning of the students;
• monitor the progress of individual and group student learning and achievement;
• determine the effectiveness of teaching;
• provide input into curriculum review;
• help evaluate placement in courses and programs;
• inform others as appropriate, including, students, teachers, parents, and receiving schools.
At ASV students are assessed in a variety of ways: formal exams, quizzes, projects, lab reports, presentations etc... Students may not have more than two major assessments a day nor more than six major assessments a week so they best prepare for them. Major assessments include exams, projects, lab reports and research papers.
Report cards will be distributed shortly after the conclusion of each marking period. There are three marking periods for grades 7 through 12. See the School Academic Calendar on the website for the most up-to-date information.
Progress reports on student’s progress will be distributed at the middle of each marking period (trimester). Progress reports are only issued in subjects where the student is receiving an unsatisfactory grade (a grade below 70%).
It is the policy of the High School to use a single unified grading system. That system is the American use of:
• A (Excellent)
• B (Very Good)
• C (Average)
• D (Below Average)
• F (Failing)
Please note that, although a grade of “D” is a passing grade and credit is awarded, it indicates a low level of achievement. A student earning a “D” in a class may not be prepared for the next year’s class in that subject area. Students who do not maintain a satisfactory academic level will be put on Academic Probation.
Other codes on the report cards:
• P - Passing/Credit given. A grade of “P” may be given if there is a reason to grade the student on a pass/fail basis. A grade of “P” is also assigned in any subject in which the student has passed the required recuperation exam.
• NG - No Credit/No Grade. Used normally when a student has left the school very early or come in very late in the marking period and it is not possible to give a grade.
• I - Incomplete/No Credit. An “Incomplete” is given if a student was absent for an extended period and has a legitimate reason for not having completed work. An Incomplete” gives the student more time to do make-up work. An “I” must be changed to a regular grade by the end of the following marking period. If the work has not been made up, the “I” becomes an “F”.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
The Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated at the end of each marking period for grades 9th through 12th. Grades earned at ASV are reported on the student’s ASV transcript. GPAs are calculated from grades earned at ASV.