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Nova Scotia's Virtual Francophone School: Evidence of Learning as a Basis for Evaluation

The Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) is comprised of 22 French-language schools in Nova Scotia and has been providing virtual learning opportunities to students since 2012. The Virtual School makes it possible to provide more course choices to CSAP students in grades 11 and 12. Students at the Virtual School set their own academic path and progress independently through the course content. Teachers periodically collect evidence of learning through triangulation to ensure that course objectives are accomplished. This article examines the thinking behind the teaching and learning practices leveraged at the CSAP Virtual School.

Collecting Evidence of Learning

Whether in elementary or secondary classrooms, today's curricula are far too complex to assess using products only. A case in point comes from students in a third-grade classroom in Manitoba.

6 questions about learning tracks

One of the best ways to document student progress is to collect learning records. Whether we call them traces or evidence of learning, they allow us to verify the achievement of objectives and to obtain a portrait of the skills and abilities developed over time. The more numerous and varied the traces, the more complete the picture will be. 

Implementing Digital Portfolios in Preschool and Elementary School

In 2021-2022, École Cœur-Soleil piloted a digital portfolio project with two grade levels, preschool and Grade 3. Resource teacher Caroline Labbé was granted release time as part of a project submitted to the Quebec's Ministry of Education, which allowed her to prepare the basic model, facilitate the first three periods of the project in class, and be present and available for the teachers involved.