Grade 6 PAT's 2014-16
Grade 6 Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs)
In February, Alberta Education announced Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) will be written by all Grade 6 students throughout the province in June 2015 and June 2016. This change will allow a second year of pilot testing of the Student Learning Assessments (SLAs) at the Grade 3 level before SLAs are introduced at the Grade 6 level. As such, all Grade 6 students in Elk Island Public schools will write PATs this school year and next school year.
We recognize this is a change in how our staff and families were expecting Grade 6 assessments to be delivered this school year. EIPS school staff will continue to work closely with Grade 6 students to ensure they are prepared to complete PATs in May and June 2015.
Alberta Education received feedback from stakeholders throughout the first pilot year of Grade 3 SLAs this past fall. This feedback indicated stakeholders felt more time is needed to ensure the Grade 3 SLAs are a valuable assessment tool for teachers, parents, students, and Albertans before transitioning from PATs to SLAs in grades 6 and 9. The second year of the Grade 3 pilot administration will allow further opportunities to ensure the SLA is a valuable tool. Alberta Education is committed to fully implementing new SLAs in the early grades, but removing or suspending the current achievement tests in the absence of a reasonable alternative would remove an important method of public assurance that the education system is performing well.
Additional key dates and important information from Alberta Education are available at http://www.education.alberta.ca/admin/testing/achievement.aspx.
Connect to Respect
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) would like to thank all of our parents, students, and families for the role you play in ensuring our schools are safe and respectful working and learning environments. EIPS is proud to have a policy in place, Board Policy 19, Respectful Working and Learning Environments, that prohibits harassment and discrimination of any kind in our division. We all play a part in creating a safe, caring, and violence-free environment that fosters and maintains respectful and responsible behaviours.
One such example of this work in action is the recent Pink Shirt Day that took place in late February. We know a number of our schools were involved in Pink Shirt Day activities, and we thank you for being involved and taking a stand against bullying.
If you would like more information about the policies in place within EIPS, please review Policy 19, Respectful Working and Learning Environments on our division website at http://www.eips.ca/policies/535.