Report Cards

Every school with K-9 students in Parkland School Division (PSD) use the same report card format. 

Our approach focuses on the broader knowledge and skills that students should learn in each subject. Student performance is reported in one of four categories: exemplary, proficient, approaching proficiency, and beginning.

Based on the feedback we heard in 2011-2012, PSD has made a number of improvements to the report card  including:

  • Adding the exemplary descriptor
  • Renaming the descriptors and providing better explanations
  • Reducing the length of the report card, and
  • Making the language more parent-friendly

We’re committed to ensuring the report card is more student-focused, and emphasizes ‘how’ students learn as opposed to just ‘what’ they learn. By focusing more on how students learn, teachers are better able to support the growth and development of our students.

Quick Facts resource has been prepared to answer some of the basic questions regarding the PSD report card.

Report Card Samples

Kindergarten Sample Report Card 

Grade 4 Sample Report Card

  • The skills and attitudes listed in the report card for grades 1-6 are the same as those listed in the Grade 4 report card; the concepts at each grade level are different.

Grade 7 Sample Report Card

  • The skills and attitudes listed in the report card for grades 8 and 9 are the same as those listed in the Grade 7 report card; the concepts at each grade level are different.

Note: the layout of the sample report cards is subject to change, however, the content will remain the same. 

The New Report Card

How is student progress reported?

Curriculum Based Report Card

Each subject is sub-divided into a set of knowledge and skills that students need to learn or attain. Students receive a “performance indicator” for each item in the set.

For subjects - Performance indicators:

  • Exemplary
  • Proficient
  • Approaching Proficiency
  • Beginning

For Citizenship and Responsibility - Performance Indicators:

  • Meets
  • Requires Growth

"Traditional" Report Card

  • One “grade” is given for each subject.
  • For subjects - Percentages, letter grades (A,B,C,N) or achievement indicators.

For Citizenship and Responsibility - Performance Indicators:

  • Meets
  • Requires Growth

How do the grades reflect Alberta's Programs of Study?

Curriculum Based Report Card

  • Indicators reflect progress toward attainment of all the provincial outcomes.
  • Indicators reflect the level of performance of numerous elements from each program of studies. The majority of the elements on the report card reflect the skills outcomes from each program.
  • Performance indicators are derived from teacher observations, student reflections, conversations, products and performance tasks (which integrate Knowledge and Understanding outcomes, Skills and Processes outcomes, Values and Attitudes outcomes).

"Traditional" Report Card

  • For the most part, grades reflect how well the student understands the Knowledge and Understanding outcomes from each program of studies.

What are some of the strengths of the system?

Curriculum Based Report Card

  • Skills are practiced over the course of the year. 
  • Teachers evaluate students relative to the outcomes in the provincial curriculum and report demonstrated levels of performance on those outcomes.
  • Indicators reflect the student’s level of performance at the end of the reporting period.
  • Parents can see levels of performance of many different outcomes, so can determine which ones students need to grow in.
  • Expectations are consistent amongst teachers of the same grade level.
  • Homework completion and work habits are reported separately from demonstrated performance.
  • Learning matters more than grades.

"Traditional" Report Card

  • Most adults understand this type of grading system from their experiences as students.
  • When grades are what matters most, grades can be raised by doing “extra credit”.
  • One grade per subject makes the report card less time consuming to read.

What are some of the challenges to each system?

Curriculum Based Report Card

  • Multiple indicators make the report card more time consuming to read.
  • The new report card is much different than the one parents experienced when they went to school, so they may have initial reservations.

"Traditional" Report Card

  • Students are being scored on assignments before they have had sufficient practice in working towards proficiency.
  • Grades are often derived by averaging (or assigning weighting to) assignments, products and tests that were administered throughout the reporting period. This may not accurately reflect the student’s current performance in that area.
  • The grade summarizing a subject doesn’t tell the parent which outcomes are the child’s strengths, and which ones require growth.

For more information about the new report cards, please contact your school principal.

Forward comments or suggestions to:
Leah Andrews 
Director, Learning Services
Email: landrews@psd70.ab.ca