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2013 Summary Review

Formative vs Summative Assessments in Education

Assessing Student Learning with Portfolios at Rick Hansen Secondary

When teachers prepare a report card at the end of the year, they call it a summative assessment. When teachers ask their students informal ongoing questions to monitor if they understand the course material, they call it formative assessment.

Rick Hansen Secondary students blog about their weekly reflections in the Aviation Academy and their teachers call these portfolios a new assessment method. When the WordPress.com stats helpers prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog, I guess I could have called it a year-end summative assessment, but maybe like the students, the Make Abbotsford Aware website is also my parenting portfolio?

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 990 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 17 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Changing Definition of Parent

How To Amend A British Columbia Parent Advisory Council Constitution

The School Act changed on March 18, 2013 which is the day the Family Law Act came into force, trying to discourage high conflict divorces by removing incendiary words like custody and access from our vocabulary and encouraging reasonably co-operation. The new words are parenting time and parental responsibilities and we need to add these new concepts to every PAC Constitution in our province to comply with our amended School Act and for the sake of our children.

How To Amend A BC PAC Constitution

Teachers Infiltrate Parent Groups

Teachers On Parent Advisory Council Executives In Conflict of Interest

Teachers asking to be PAC Presidents and then voting to shut down the Parent Advisory Councils are a big problem in British Columbia. Teachers are so desperate to try to silence parents and control the discussion about education they will even obstruct the School Act to do so by discouraging parents from being involved in school planning.

Teachers Cannot Vote On PACs

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  1. January 21, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    What? That is pretty underhanded if you ask me – and shows an unfortunate lack of ethics by teachers who would stoop to such a thing. I hope that some corrective actions would be taken by their Union.

    • January 23, 2014 at 5:38 AM

      Yes, it is worrisome. On a more positive note, the preface to Section XIX The DPAC Conflict of Interest guidelines says “Parents bring a special expertise to the educational forum which develops from their intimate experiences with children as they grow and develop and form a lifelong commitment to their children’s education. The voice of the District PAC must clearly be and must be perceived to be that of the parents.

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