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Provincial Assessment & Reports

Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs)

Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) are administered annually to all Alberta students in grades 6 and 9. These standardized tests reflect the essentials that all Alberta students are expected to achieve, regardless of school choice or location.

PATs help:

  • determine if students are learning what they are expected to learn
  • report to Albertans how well students have achieved provincial standards at given points in their schooling
  • assist schools, authorities and the province in monitoring and improving student learning

The tests occur in January, May and June for English and Français/French language arts, math, science and social studies.

Some Grade 9 students write PATs in January of each year.

Grade 9 achievement tests based on the Knowledge and Employability programs of study in English language arts, math, science and social studies are also administered.

Student Learning Assessments (SLA)

SLAs are a beginning-of-the-year assessment. Information that teachers gain from SLAs helps inform the design of responsive learning experiences and support students’ next steps. Both CBE and Alberta Education encourage schools to complete administration as close as possible to the beginning of the year to maximize its value as formative assessment and as a component of the individual teacher’s initial assessment of their class. CBE has determined to leave the choice to administer SLAs up to individual teachers for the 2020-21 school year. ​

The Grade 3 SLA will be available to teachers as a tool to use at their discretion. Teachers may do one, some or all of the components of the SLAs.

The definitive guides to specific directives, guidelines and procedures for the SLAs are in the documents posted on the Alberta Education SLA website. ​

Diploma Examinations

Students taking specific Grade 12 core subjects write provincial Diploma Examinations at the completion of the course which count for 30% of the student’s final mark. These courses in the CBE are:

  • English Language Arts 30-1
  • English Language Arts 30-2
  • French Language Arts 30-1
  • Mathematics 30-1
  • Mathematics 30-2
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1
  • Social Studies 30-2

Choose a school year from the Results listed on the left, to find the results by school, CBE and province.

Class Size Report

The Province annually generates class size information through its class size information system. The statistics are a mathematical average of student enrolment reported by schools each year on September 30 (or the closest Friday before September 30 when this date falls on a non-school day).  See the CBE September 30, 2018-19 Class Size Report.

 Contact Us

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 Alberta Provincial Assessment Program Schedules

The Government of Alberta has cancelled all Grade 6 and 9 provincial achievement tests and Grade 12 diploma exams.


Will be updated at a later date.

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