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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Assessment And Evaluation Guidelines

 

1. All evaluation techniques are based on the objectives stated in the courses of study.
 
2. At the beginning of every course, students will receive a written statement of how they are to be evaluated.
 
3. Evaluation will take into account homework assignments, classroom presentations, daily work and effort, as well as tests, essays and examinations.
 
4. Each department will have a comprehensive evaluation plan for the year that will be distributed to students. This plan will include:
  • weighting of term work and examinations;
  • the extent to which participation and attendance are components of the evaluation process;
  • accommodations and modifications for each student designated as “Exceptional” by an IPRC;
  • methods of evaluation including formative evaluation in relation to progress in achieving the course objectives, diagnostic evaluation to assess whether materials, teaching strategies or student approaches require change, as well as summative evaluation at the end of units or periods of time.
 
5. Modifications in the evaluation system will be made for certain individuals and groups, i.e. exceptional students and ESL students.
 
6. Students may request from their teachers information about their marks and progress at any time during the semester.
 
7. A student whose attendance is unsatisfactory will normally fail to achieve credit for the course. When it is considered that a student’s credit is in jeopardy because of poor attendance, the principal or a vice-principal and the teacher concerned must meet with the student; his/her parents will be consulted as well.
 
8. Students have the right of appeal when they or their parents consider that they have been unfairly evaluated. Such appeal, under normal circumstances, goes initially to the teacher concerned, then to the department head, then to a vice-principal and the principal. Should the problem or situation not be settled to the satisfaction of the parent and/or student, the appeal may continue to the Board of Education through the Superintendent in charge of this school.
 
9. Plagiarism is a form of cheating and is morally unacceptable. Plagiarism is any copying or reproducing of work without proper acknowledgment of the original author/source by footnotes or endnotes.
 
Plagiarism includes:
 
  • Copying more than 5 words in a row from a book, magazine, encyclopaedia, video, film, computer program, television program, internet site, etc.
  • Submitting work (either in its entirety or in part) for individual credit that is essentially the same as another student’s work. Working together to share ideas is acceptable when the assignment is so designed by the teacher. The work that is submitted, however, must be the student’s own.
 
If a teacher questions the originality of a student’s work, the teacher may use other means to determine the extent of the student’s knowledge through, for example, an interview, an oral report, or a resubmission.
 
In the event that a student cannot explain their work adequately or demonstrate comparable ability then he/she will receive a mark of zero. Students who allow their work to be copied by other students are subject to the same penalty. The penalty for a second offence may be a suspension as determined by the administration.

How Can Students Avoid Plagiarism?
 
To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you use
 
  • another person’s idea, opinion, or theory;
  • any facts, statistics, graphics, drawings – any pieces of information – that are not common knowledge;
  • quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words; or
  • paraphrase of another person’s spoken or written words.
 
Exam Policy:
 
1. Only students with medical certificates or special approval from the Principal may be allowed to miss an examination. These students will receive a mark based on their term marks.
 
2. Students who are absent without a medical certificate are to be given a mark of 0 for the exam portion of the final mark. Administration and/or teacher concerned will notify parents and student of this decision.
 
3. Special Education students may write their exams in the Resource Room only with prior agreement of the resource and subject teachers.
 
4. Students are expected:
 
a. to be in proper uniform for all exams
b. to be on time for all exams
 
5. Students who come late will be given only time left.
 
6. All class work is to be submitted to subject teachers prior to exams.
 
7. All final exams are to be held during the exam period unless they are specifically approved by Administration.

 
Reporting Procedures:

 

If we, at Johnson, are to enter into a true partnership with the home in the education of your sons and daughters, it is important that we develop open lines of communication.
 
Progress Reports are sent home during the seventh week of classes in each semester. They are indicators to parents as to how students are progressing.
 
Mid-Semester Reports will be sent home during the third week of November in Semester 1 and the third week of April in Semester 2.
 
In Danger of Failure Letters are sent to parents 4-5 weeks before the end of each semester. These letters are indicators to parents and students that serious difficulties are noted by the teacher.
 
Final Semester Reports will be sent home at the end of each semester.