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   Assessment and Graduation

With respect to Learning Behaviours section of the report card, is the same scale (consistently, usually, sometimes, rarely) to be applied to the three categories of learning behaviours (“Personal Management,” “Social Responsibility,” and “Active Participation in Learning”)?

Answer current as of June 10, 2020

Yes. The Learning Behaviours section of the report card should be completed for the final term, taking into consideration the circumstances of remote learning.

Students who did not participate in remote learning as of March 23 would receive an “R” (rarely) in the three categories for the final term on the report card. This descriptor is not to be viewed as a value judgment of the student, but rather a reflection of the circumstances that may be related to COVID-19 and the shift to remote learning. A teacher’s comment could include a statement indicating that no assessment of these behaviours was possible in this term because the student did not participate in remote learning.

Students who participated in remote learning should be assessed as is feasible and within the context of the remote environment. Teacher comments could clarify the context of the assessment (e.g., the student’s supportive behaviours with peers in synchronous digital class meetings).

Will post-secondary institutions make changes to admission and scholarship requirements and timelines for submissions in light of the suspension of classes due to COVID-19?

Answer current as of May 15, 2020

Manitoba’s post-secondary institutions set their own academic policies and standards of admissions and graduation to support student success and continuation of learning. Manitoba Economic Development and Training canvassed all public post-secondary institutions and, as of April 28, 2020, the majority of institutions are not planning to change admission requirements or timelines for submissions. There are no admissions tests planned at this time.

Red River College, however, will waive some admission requirements and provide alternate submission methods for official documents. More information regarding specific programs can be found on their website.

How are interim and final grades submitted to post-secondary institutions during the COVID-19 suspension of in-class learning?

Answer current as of May 15, 2020

This process remains the same. Manitoba Grade 12 students who have submitted an application to a post-secondary institution for September 2020 will have their interim and Grade 12 transcripts sent automatically from their high school to the institution. The interim grades, sent by the high school by May 1st, consist of the final first semester results, interim second semester results, and any Grade 12 courses students completed prior to their Grade 12 year. Interim grades are used to make admission and scholarship offers. 

Due to the suspension of in-class learning, how is the absence of a final exam in Grades 9 to 12 courses to be reported on the report card?

Answer current as of May 15, 2020

If a student is enrolled in a course where a final exam is no longer offered due to the suspension of in-class learning, “NM” (No Mark) is to be entered in the Final Exam column of the report card. No distinction will be made between Grade 12 school-based exams and the Grade 12 provincial tests.

How will students enrolled in Applied Family Studies 40S complete the course if they are unable to complete the 40-hour practicum requirement due to the suspension of classes?

Answer current as of May 7, 2020

Teachers may use a project-based learning assignment in lieu of the practicum to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate the application of knowledge they have gained throughout the course. For example, video clips can provide an opportunity for students to observe children and to design experiences to support early childhood learning. Resources are available on the Manitoba Professional Learning Network (Maple). Replacing the practicum with a project this year will allow the course to meet the 40-hour course requirement for childcare assistants (CCAs) within their first year of employment.

Will students have the opportunity to increase their mark?

Answer current as of April 28, 2020

Yes, students will have the opportunity to increase their mark from the mark they had achieved at the time of suspension of classes. Teachers will continue to set goals for students and assess progress. They will use their professional judgment to determine suitable formats for collecting evidence of student learning.

Why is it important for teachers to assess student learning during the suspension of in-class instruction?

Answer current as of April 28, 2020

Teachers need to monitor and assess students who are engaged in remote learning in order to assign a final grade on the June report card and to identify future learning needs. This needs to be done in a fair, authentic and transparent way, so the feedback communicated will enhance student learning and provide necessary information for reporting in June. Specific communication about the report card is forthcoming.

Will students be able to graduate or advance to the next grade?

Answer current as of April 28, 2020

Yes, students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will proceed to the next grade in September, with the understanding that they will engage in recovery learning as needed.

Students in Grades 9 to 12 will receive, at minimum, the grades they achieved at the time of suspension of classes. For Grades 9 to 11, they may be required to undertake recovery learning in the next school year. 

Students on track for graduating in June 2020 will receive their diplomas, despite the suspension of in-school learning. Specific planning will take place to ensure these students obtain sufficient credits to graduate.

Teachers will make special efforts for Grades 11 and 12 students to ensure they have the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary for their post-graduation goals. Manitoba Education continues to work with post-secondary institutions to ensure no student’s graduation or transition to post-secondary is jeopardized as a result of the school suspension.

What does “on track to graduate” mean?

Answer current as of April 28, 2020

On track to graduate applies to students who are on track to obtain the required number of credits this school year and obtain a passing grade for those credits, as of March 20, 2020, or who improve their grade to passing through continued learning during suspension of classes.

Will students be expected to write the Grade 12 provincial tests scheduled for May and June 2020?

Answer current as of April 28, 2020

No, the Grade 12 provincial tests scheduled for May and June 2020 are cancelled. It is the school’s responsibility to assess students and assign a final grade.

Will Grade 12 provincial test marks from January 2020 still count toward Semester 1 final course marks?

Answer current as of April 28, 2020

Yes, marks will stand as they are for Semester 1, including provincial test scores for applicable Grade 12 courses.

Will students receive report cards at the end of this school year?

Answer current as of May 29, 2020

Yes, all students will receive final grades and a report card in June. Reporting of final grades will follow Manitoba Provincial Report Card Policy and Guidelines. Teachers will determine a final grade for students based on their professional judgment of the body of evidence collected until the end of the current school year, and in consideration of the obstacles faced by some families during the period of remote learning.

How are baseline marks determined?

Answer current as of April 28, 2020

Baseline marks are the marks that the student had at the time in-class learning was suspended (March 20, 2020).

What if students who have a passing grade as of March 20, 2020, choose not to engage in learning?

Answer current as of April 28, 2020

Students who do not engage in remote learning may be required to undertake recovery learning in the next school year.

Students on track for graduating in June 2020 will receive their diplomas, despite the suspension of in-school learning. Specific planning will take place to ensure these students obtain sufficient credits to graduate.

Teachers will make special efforts for Grades 11 and 12 students to ensure they have the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary for their post-graduation goals. Manitoba Education continues to work with post-secondary institutions to ensure no student’s graduation or transition to post-secondary is jeopardized as a result of the school suspension period.