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Assessments at DataWiz Academy

The Assessment and Evaluation Policy for DataWiz Academy is consistent with Ministry policies and reflects our aforementioned vision that the primary purpose of assessment is to improve student learning. Assessment is the process of gathering information from a variety of sources (including assignments, demonstrations, projects, performances, and tests) that accurately reflects how well a student is achieving the curriculum expectations in a course. As part of assessment, teachers provide students with descriptive feedback that guides their efforts towards improvement. Evaluation refers to the process of judging the quality of student work on the basis of established criteria, and assigning a value to represent that quality. In Ontario secondary schools, the value assigned will be in the form of a percentage grade. Ongoing per-assessments and formative assessments will be used to provide meaningful feedback towards the student progress and achievement in order to improve performance. Summative assessments will be used to determine an overall grade in the course.
At DataWiz Academy, we divide our final mark into two different parts:
    1. 70%  – Term Work -will be based on the cumulative evidence of summative evaluations undertaken throughout the semester.
    2. 30% – Final Summative – will be based on summative evaluations taking place in the final third of the course. 
Final summative may or may not include an exam, depending on individual course curriculum policy documents. At the beginning of the course, students will receive course outlines detailing the course’s specific assessment and evaluation information. 
Following The Achievement Chart, the ‘Term Work’ portion of the course is organized into four broad categories of knowledge and skills:
      • Knowledge and Understanding – Percentage varies per course
      • Thinking and Inquiry – Percentages varies per course
      • Communication – Percentages varies per course
      • Applications/Making Connections – Percentages varies per course


Reporting on Student Achievement

Student achievement will be communicated formally to students and parents by means of a Report Card. The report card focuses on two distinct but related aspects of student achievement: the achievement of curriculum expectations and the development of learning skills. The report card also includes teachers’ comments on the student’s strengths, areas in which improvement is needed, and ways in which improvement might be achieved. Midterm report cards are issued once a student has completed the first 50% of their course. A Final report card will be issued within 7 business days of the teacher receiving the student’s final exam. 

Responsibilities of Students, Staffs and Parents

Students are responsible for:
      • providing proper documentation demonstrating the completion of  prerequisite courses
      • being active students in the learning process
      • communicating with the teachers clearly when there is a problem with meeting timelines and due dates
      • ensuring academic honesty throughout all forms of assessments 
Teachers are responsible for:
      • providing accommodations and/or modifications for those identified in the IEP
      • providing instruction and support to enable student success in the course
      • monitoring and keeping a track of late assignments to be used in assessing learning skills
      • clearly communicating the definition of academic honesty and methods for citing references
      • clearly communicating assignment due dates to students, where applicable
Parents/Guardians are responsible for:
      • actively monitoring their child’s progress
      • initiating contact with teachers and administration
      • working collaboratively with the school, teacher and student to plan for their child’s improvement
      • understanding how they can contribute to their child’s success

Reporting on Demonstrated Learning Skills

The report card provides a record of the learning skills demonstrated by the student in every course, in the following five categories: Works Independently, Teamwork, Organization, Work Habits, and Initiative. The learning skills are evaluated using a four-point scale: 
      • E – Excellent
      • G – Good       
      • S – Satisfactory
      • N – Needs Improvement 

Tests and Assignments at DataWiz

The number of tests within a course can vary. As well, the number and type of assignments may include labs, projects, discussion board participation, short answer questions as well as essays, audio recordings and presentations. All assignments at DataWiz Academy are submitted through the online learning management platform (Moodle). No further assignments may be submitted, or tests taken after the final exam, unless prior arrangements were made with the teacher. Students will receive zeros for any non-submitted assignments or untaken tests. 

Final Exam at DataWiz

All the final exam for the hybrid courses must be written at DataWiz Academy. Students who cannot able to write the Final Exam on the scheduled date must provide a valid doctor’s note to reschedule the exam. If a medial note is provided 24 hours after the scheduled exam, the exam components will be marked as zero. For the students enrolled in online courses, if they cannot attend onsite exam, they must arrange a proctor to invigilate their exam.  

A proctor is an individual who meets with a student to witness the test or a final exam being written and can confirm that all procedures were followerd properly. The student can decide the date, time and place for the proctor to attend the student’s final exam. It must be approved by the DataWiz office first.