Supporting Student Achievement

Information for Students, Parents/Guardians Of Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School

 


The following information comes from the Ontario Ministry of Education’s 2010 Assessment & Evaluation policy document titled, Growing Success. The full text can be downloaded at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/success.html .

 

The Meaning and Use of “I”

For grades 9 & 10, the code “I” may be used in a Mark Book printout and/or a student’s report card to indicate that insufficient evidence is available to determine a percentage mark. When used on the final report card, “I” indicates that a credit will not be granted.

 

Consequences to Cheating/Plagiarizing

Students must understand that the tests/exams they complete and the assignments they submit for evaluation must be their own work. Consequences for students who cheat or plagiarize, may be one or more of the following, based on the teacher’s professional judgment.

 

For Students in Grade 9 & 10 Classes

For Students in Grade 11 & 12 Classes

  • Student will complete the same (or alternate) test/assignment at a date, time and location specified by the teacher in conference with the student and/or parent (which could involve the use of lunch time, before or after school); then the teacher has the choice of applying a late penalty (see below for more details on late policies) or a maximum mark of 50%.

  • If the test/assignment is not re-submitted, the student is accepting a zero.  Please note that teachers are encouraged to enforce the re-submission of important tests/assignments because these evaluations help bridge the learning from unit to unit and provide valuable feedback to both teacher and student.  Students should also be aware that a “No-Mark” is far less damaging to their grades than a “zero”.

Students who cheat or plagiarize in grades 11 & 12 face an automatic zero. Students will be encouraged to complete the assignment for feedback only. 

 

*It is only under unique circumstances that the grade 11/12 student may be given the opportunity to complete an alternate test/assignment. These circumstances are determined by the teacher. 

 

Late and Missed Assignments

Students are not only responsible for their behavior in the classroom and the school but also for providing evidence of their achievement within a time frame specified by the teacher, and in a form approved by the teacher.  Where in the teacher’s professional judgment it is appropriate to do so, a number of strategies may be used to help prevent and/or address late and missed assignments.  These strategies may include (but are not limited to):

·         Helping students develop better time-management skills

·         Planning for major assignments to be completed in stages

·         Maintaining ongoing communication with students and/or parents

 

The final strategy to address late and missed assignments involves deducting marks up to and including the full value of the assignment.  The teachers at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School have developed a draft policy* that addresses the strengths and needs of our students based on programming. Please note that weekends and holidays do not count as late days.

 

 

For Students in Grade 9 & 10 Classes

For Students in Grade 11 & 12 Classes

  • 5% a day up to 15%

  • Depending on circumstances, teachers may provide an alternate assignment and will waive the late penalty OR ask that the original assignment be completed for feedback and a maximum mark of 50%

  • 5% a day up to 25%

  • Depending on circumstances, teachers may provide an alternate assignment and will waive the late penalty OR ask that the original assignment be completed for feedback and a maximum mark of 50%

Please note that assignments that are used for Diagnostic or Formative Assessment may be changed to “No-Marks” on the Mid-Term and Final Report Cards and that Key Evaluations that address the overall expectations of the course and have not been submitted by the student will be marked as “zero”.   Please note that teachers are encouraged to enforce the re-submission of important assignments because these evaluations help bridge the learning from unit to unit and provide valuable feedback to both teacher and student.