Alberta Education has advised school divisions that the Grade 6 Student Learning Assessments (SLAs), which were originally scheduled to be piloted in fall 2015, will be rescheduled. The new target is fall 2016.
Through feedback received from stakeholder groups, Alberta Education has heard that more time is needed to ensure the Grade 3 SLAs are a valuable assessment tool for teachers, parents, and students before transitioning from Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) to SLAs in Grades 6 and 9. As a result, the Grade 6 PATs for May-June 2015 and May-June 2016 will be a regular, full administration across the province.
In September 2014, Grade 3 students in FSD began participating in the SLA pilot, and will continue to do so now that Alberta Education has decided to extend the pilot period. The SLA is essentially a “readiness” evaluation that is intended to help determine programming needs for students for the school year as well as to support more personalized learning. This is consistent with research-informed best practices that Foothills School Division has already adopted with respect to student assessment, evaluation and reporting. We will continue to keep parents informed regarding the planned implementation and administration of the SLAs as Alberta Education releases further information. If parents have questions in the meantime, please contact the principal at your child’s school.