What is descriptive feedback?
The Ministry of Education and Child Care is implementing a new student reporting policy for K-12 students this year. As an Independent school, we have some discretion in how we implement this policy at Cedars. Over the next several weeks, we will be sharing information with parents/caregivers to help them understand how student learning will be communicated through this school year.
In this installment, we will address the following question: What is descriptive feedback?
Descriptive feedback is also used to comment on a student’s learning habits and behaviours. At Cedars, assessment of student learning very rarely includes habits and behaviours. Descriptive feedback is the place where teachers provide information to parents about learning postures (growth mindset, effort, etc.) and classroom behaviours (listening, collaborating with others, etc.) that have an indirect impact on their ability to grow and flourish.
Next week, at our Parent Orientation Night, we are looking forward to having some of our teachers and administrators share samples of our Primary, Intermediate, and High School learning updates (report cards), and walk through the steps that teachers take to process Ministry curriculum standards, create learning experiences, and assess the proficiency level of each student.
To prepare well for this Parent Orientation Night (Oct 25th @7pm), we encourage all parents/caregivers to complete the following survey to RSVP, identify questions about the Ministry’s new reporting policy, and let us know how we can better equip you ahead of our first Learning Update in November!