The Minister of Education recently announced an update to the Grade 3 Student Learning Assessment (SLA). Starting in the 2017/18 school year, the Grade 3 SLA will be available to teachers as a tool to use at their discretion. More information about the Grade 3 SLA will be made available before the 2017/18 school year.
Below are some answers to common questions teachers and administrators may have about the 2017/18 Grade 3 SLA.
Can all Grade 3 teachers in Alberta use the SLA in 2017/2018?
Yes, all Grade 3 teachers can use the SLA.
What are the writing dates for the SLA in the fall of 2017? Is there a deadline when teachers must sign up to use the assessment?
The SLA will be available for the entire 2017/2018 standard school year, from August 14, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
How do teachers access the SLA?
Teachers can continue to access the SLA through the SLA Application. Instructions to access the SLA are available under the Resources section on this website.
Are teachers who administer the SLA required to administer all four components (Digital Questions and Performance Tasks for both Literacy and Numeracy)?
Teachers may administer any or all of the SLA components.
Can school authorities direct the use of SLAs as an assessment tool?
Minister Eggen has been clear that the Grade 3 SLA will be available to teachers as a tool to use at their discretion.
Alberta Education is working closely with the Alberta Teachers’ Association, College of Alberta School Superintendents, Alberta School Boards Association, and other stakeholder organizations on a broad review of Assurance in the education system. Recommendations of the Assurance Review will inform future decisions on province- and school authority-wide assurance practices in the early grades.
Can superintendents continue to access reports?
Yes, 24-hour turnaround reports for teachers and superintendents will continue to be available.
When will the administrative guidelines be updated for the 2017-2018 SLA?
The SLA General Information Bulletin and the Literacy/Numeracy Bulletin will be updated and posted in mid-August 2017.
Will funding to assist with the local marking of SLA performance tasks continue to be provided to school authorities?
Funding to assist with the local marking of SLA performance tasks has been discontinued.
Will SLA results be used in the Accountability Pillar?
SLA results will not be used in the Accountability Pillar.
As a Grade 3 teacher, how can I get involved to help improve the SLA?
Opportunities to help with activities such as question writing and field testing will be available to teachers during the upcoming school year.