The SLAs will be available for preview and administration starting August 13, 2018. The SLAs are available to grade 3 teachers in all school authorities and are administered at the teacher’s discretion.
Below are some answers to common questions teachers and administrators may have about the Grade 3 SLA.
Can all Grade 3 teachers in Alberta use the SLA?
Yes, all Grade 3 teachers can use the SLA.
What are the writing dates for the SLA? Is there a deadline when teachers must sign up to use the assessment?
The SLA will be available for the entire standard school year, from mid August to the end of June, 2019.
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 ?
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 SLA?
The SLA General Information Bulletin and the Literacy/Numeracy Bulletin will be updated and posted in mid-August 2018.
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 will be available to teachers during the upcoming school year.