In 2006, the Ministry of Education released The Kindergarten Program, a policy document that serves as a basis for Kindergarten programming across Ontario. In 2010, the Ministry released the draft edition of The Full-Day Early Learning – Kindergarten Program, 2010-2011. Each document outlines the knowledge and skills that children should have by the end of Kindergarten. It is expected that when the Full-Day Early Learning-Kindergarten program is fully implemented across the province, all Kindergarten programs will be based on the expectations outlined in a final Full Day Early Learning-Kindergarten Program document.
The Ministry of Education also published a new policy document entitled “Growing Success” in the Spring of 2010. This policy directs the current state of knowledge about assessment, evaluation, and reporting of student achievement in Ontario schools, from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
The arrival of these documents has necessitated a review of current policies and practices in Kindergarten especially in the assessment, evaluation and reporting of student progress and as such, a new Kindergarten Checklist and June Report Card have been developed for implementation in the Avon Maitland District School Board.
Checklist and June Report
The new Kindergarten Checklist will be distributed to senior kindergarten students in November with interviews to follow. The new Kindergarten Checklist will be distributed to junior kindergarten students in February with interviews to follow. The Checklist will replace the Kindergarten Conference report currently in use, thereby providing a consistent progress report for all Kindergarten students. At this point, reporting and interview timelines are different for JK and SK students, however parents/guardians may request an interview at any time.
The Kindergarten Checklist will not contain grades or numerical marks. The focus of this report will be on the six areas of learning:
- Personal and Social Development,
- Science and Technology,
- Health and Physical Activity, and
- the Arts and will also include general subject related comments.
The June Report will be distributed to both senior and junior kindergarten students at the end of the school year and will be based on achievement of the same six areas of learning.
For both the Checklist and the June Report, achievement in each of the six categories will be reported with the following indicators:
- Highly Developed
- Developing Well
- Developing with Assistance
Regular communication between the home and school is necessary to improve student achievement. The Kindergarten Checklist and June Report Card, are aspects of ongoing communication. As always, we encourage parents and guardians to discuss concerns and questions with their child’s teacher at any time.