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Student Assessment and Evaluation


The Toronto Catholic District School Board Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting practices at TCDSB are consistent with our Catholic beliefs and values, and will support the delivery of a distinctly Catholic curriculum, respect the worth and dignity of students and challenge them to reach their potential.


Assessment and evaluation of student achievement includes a variety of strategies so that students, regardless of their special needs and learning styles, are given an opportunity to demonstrate their progress and achievement, and allow for the information gathered by teachers to be used for assessment as, of and for learning. Where required, modifications and accommodations shall be provided in accordance with a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).


Students shall be provided with multiple opportunities to demonstrate achievement of curriculum expectations. Late and missed assignments for evaluation will be noted on the report card as part of the evaluation of the student’s development of learning skills and work habits. If a student is absent at the time of an evaluation, it will be considered as incomplete and will be treated as a missed or late assignment


Determining Lower Limits of Marks 

The Ontario Ministry of Education Growing Success Report – 2010   directed school boards to work collaboratively with their school communities to determine the lower limit of the range of percentage marks below 50 per cent that teachers may record on the report cards of students in Grades 9 to 12. This was to ensure a consistent approach was adopted among all the schools of a board.


In August 2015, the TCDSB formalized what was already common practice by officially revising its student assessment policy (SP. 13) to comply with this directive. No student will receive an interim/mid-term report card grade lower than 35%. In the case of Grade 9 or 10 courses a Ministry of Education approved code of “I” or “R” may also be used.

Nonetheless, for the final grade, barring extenuating circumstances and the teacher’s professional judgment, all incompletes will be translated to zero. Therefore the mark appearing on the final report card will reflect the true running average.



The primary purpose of Catholic Education is to assist all students to fulfil their God-given potential and to succeed in attaining the Catholic Graduate Expectations. The Ontario Ministry of Education requires school boards to implement a student assessment and evaluation policy. TCDSB is committed to providing policy and procedure that is consistent with the fundamental principles found in the Ministry Policy document Growing Success, Assessment, Evaluation, and in Ontario Schools, K-12 (2010).