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Elementary Assessment

June 20, 2022

What is student assessment?

Student assessment is the gathering of information about the learning and progress of students.

Why are students assessed?

 Students are assessed for two main reasons:
  • Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of each student helps teachers to plan programs that will best meet the needs of each child.
  • Assessment allows teachers to report on the progress of each child according to the Manitoba Curricula so that parents have accurate information on their child’s achievement level.

What is assessed in schools?

  • Teachers assess students according to the Manitoba Curricula in each subject area.
  • The curricular documents outline specific learning outcomes for each grade level.



  • Teachers report information about student progress using the provincial Report Card.  
  • Throughout the year Student-Led conferences are held to review student progress. These meetings are an important way for parents to keep informed about their child’s learning.  Parents are also encouraged to meet with teachers at any other time to discuss their child’s progress.

Reporting Periods

There are three reporting periods during the school year:
  • November, March, and June.

  • Student-Led Conferences are held twice a year.

Teachers use a variety of ways to assess students.

Information may be gathered through:

  • Journals
  • Student Self Assessment 
  • Peer Assessment
  • Work Samples
  • Running Records
  • Benchmark Books
  • Rubrics
  • Projects
  • Classroom Presentations
  • Experiments
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Written Work
  • Checklists
  • Daily Observations
  • Pre and Post Tests
  • Reading and Writing Conferences
  • Student Portfolios
  • Unit Tests
  • Quizzes

The Winnipeg School Division Elementary Assessment Program for all students in Nursery to Grade Six provides detailed information on each child’s skills in:

  •     Reading and Writing (N-6)

  •     Mathematics (N-6)

  •     Basic Movement Skills (K-5)

  •     Social/Emotional Behaviour (N-4)

All kindergarten children also have their hearing and vision screened by volunteers.

After classroom routines have been established, the teacher begins conducting assessment activities and interviews with each child. Some of the activities are done as a class or in small groups but all involve some individual interaction between the teacher and the child. The overall assessment process is completed by the end of November.

The information that your child’s teacher obtains from ongoing assessments is be used to plan appropriate programming for your child and for the whole class, based on learning strengths and needs.

The Parent’s Role

Parents and teachers working together are the very best support for children’s learning. Together, they ensure that children acquire the necessary skills to become successful in life.

At parent/teacher conferences and through regular reporting, the classroom teacher will share information on the skills and knowledge your child has demonstrated.

Teachers will provide information about how your child is progressing, will share programming information and may suggest ways you can help support your child learning at school and at home.

We encourage parents to be active participants in the education of their children. Parents are welcome to contact their child’s teacher for more information on assessment at Clifton School.

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