What's New with SLAs?
Recent developments, highlights, and other new information about the Student Learning Assessment pilot.
What's New with SLAs?
August 12, 2016
The 2016-17 Grade 3 SLA Pilot is quickly approaching, and the General Information Bulletin for the upcoming SLA is now available, as well as quick facts for teachers, superintendents, school trustees, and parents/guardians. These are all available on the resources section of this site.
Teachers who are set up to access the SLA application can also preview SLA items for both literacy and numeracy components of the assessment from August 15 to August 31. The SLA will be ready for use by teachers on September 1, 2016.
July 4, 2016
Alberta Education recently contacted school authorities who were selected by random sample to invite them to participate in the 2016-17 Student Learning Assessment (SLA) pilot. A list of invited school authorities is available, and more updates on the SLA will be made available on this website in the coming months.
June 27, 2016
The 2016-17 Student Learning Assessment (SLA) pilot has been announced, and will feature a renewed focus on a smaller sample group of participants. Approximately 20 school authorities representing metro, rural, urban and francophone students will take part in the third year of the SLA pilot.
Also new this year:
- The SLA will focus only on the first two purposes of assessment: improving student learning and enhancing instruction for students
- Alberta Education will provide reports on student results within 24 hours of a class completing the digital questions
- The Grade 3 SLA will be available to participating teachers to re-administer at their discretion throughout the school year to further support learning and instruction
- Principals of participating schools can excuse individual students from the SLA in consultation with teachers and parents
- Superintendents will have access to a high-level report that provides an overview of school authority and school results for the digital questions
- The Grade 3 SLA will be available for administration starting September 1, 2016, and there is no administration closing date. Participating school authorities are encouraged to use the SLA as soon as possible to maximize the value of this beginning-of-the-year assessment
Similar to last year:
- The Grade 3 SLA will continue to comprise both digital literacy and numeracy questions (marked by Alberta Education) as well as literacy and numeracy performance tasks (marked by teachers with results shared locally)
- Teachers will have preview access to the 2016 SLA assessment instrument from August 15 to 31, 2016
- Principals and teachers will continue to have access to individual student and class reports for the digital questions
- Student results will continue to be available to parents through teachers
- Alberta Education will provide funding to participating school authorities to help support local marking of performance tasks. This funding will be provided to school authorities at the beginning of the school year
- Alberta Education staff will continue to work closely with the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia to provide robust implementation supports for teachers
This page will be updated with more information as it becomes available.