Assessment and Evaluation

The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning. For Grades 1 to 12, all curriculum expectations must be accounted for in instruction and assessment. Evaluation focuses on students' achievement of the overall expectations.

To ensure that assessment, evaluation, and reporting are valid and reliable, and that they lead to the improvement of learning for all students, teachers use practices and procedures, as outlined by the Ministry, that:

  • Are fair, transparent and equitable for all students;
  • Support all students, including those with special education needs, those who are learning the language of instruction (English or French) and those who are First Nation, Métis or Inuit;
  • Are carefully planned to relate to the curriculum expectations and learning goals and, as much as possible, to the interests, learning styles and preferences, needs and experiences of all students;
  • Are communicated clearly to students and parents at the beginning of the school year or course and at other appropriate points throughout the school year or course;
  • Are ongoing, varied in nature and administered over a period of time to provide multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate the full range of their learning;
  • Provide ongoing descriptive feedback that is clear, specific, meaningful and timely to support improved learning and achievement; and
  • Develop students' self-assessment skills to enable them to assess their own learning, set specific goals and plan next steps for their learning.

In this Assessment and Evaluation section of our website, you can access information on assessment for learning and as learning, grading and reporting, parent-teacher conferences and Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario Schools developed by the Ministry of Education.