Assessment and Communicating Student Learning

Assessment for Learning (AFL)

Assessment for learning (AFL) is an ongoing process by which assessment information is used by teachers to adjust their teaching strategies, and by students to adjust their learning strategies.

Assessment, teaching, and learning are inextricably linked as each informs the others.

For teachers

Assessment for learning helps teachers gather information to:

  • plan and modify teaching and learning programmes for individual students, groups of students, and the class as a whole
  • identify students’ strengths so that both teachers and students can build on them
  • identify students’ learning needs in a clear and constructive way so they can be addressed
  • involve parents and families in their children’s learning.
For students

Assessment for learning provides students with information and guidance so they can plan and manage the next steps in their learning.

Assessment for learning uses information to lead from what has been learned to what needs to be learned next.

For everyone

Assessment for learning should use a range of approaches.

These may include:

  • day-to-day activities, such as learning conversations
  • a simple note taken by the teacher during observation
  • student self and peer assessments
  • a detailed analysis of a student’s work
  • assessment tools, which may be written items, structured interview questions, or items teachers make up themselves.

What matters most is not so much the form of the assessment, but how the information gathered is used to improve teaching and learning.


Secondary Book List: Assessment For Learning Secondary Book List


Inquiry Based Rubrics

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Examples to take and tweak:

Generic Rubric

Grade 8 Renaissance Rubric

Generic Rubric Template- Curricular Competencies

ADST Rubric

Gr. 6 Newton’s Laws Rubric Template- Curric. Comp.

Physics 11 Momentum Rubric

Inquiry and Project Rubric

Science and Tech 11 Course Rubric




BC Provincial Assessment

Provincial assessments are changing to align with the new curriculum. They provide a snapshot of student performance in key areas and, over time, can help to monitor key outcomes of B.C.’s education system.

B.C.’s provincial assessments remain rigorous and based on learning standards to evaluate student achievement, Core Competencies, and literacy and numeracy skills.


More information is available here:


BC Performance Standards

Screen Shot 2016-05-30 at 9.22.59 AM The BC Performance Standards have been developed by educators for voluntary use in schools. They describe standards and expectations for the following key areas of learning:


Please go here for more information and details, HERE


Fresh Grade

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If you are new to Fresh Grade and are curious about how it works and how you can use it in your classroom this year, here are a few resources to support the start of your exploration:

1) The website- (this also includes the “Support Center” for FAQ’s, how-to’s, etc.)

2) Our Support Contact- – for SD62 end-users for the day-to day questions

3) Free training webinars, HERE

As well, here are more resources/ information:

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All Things Assessment

All Things Assessment was formed by Solution Tree in 2015 to support educators in improving their current assessment culture and practices. This site is home to the concepts, strategies, and tools of assessment architects, thought leaders, associates, and practitioners who explore the most current research, apply it, and share their findings in ways meant to inspire changes in classroom assessment practices globally.

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Select HERE for all resources and materials. Individual blogs at the bottom of the page.