Due to the continued disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the CBE will not be administering Grade 6 and 9 Provincial Achievement Tests in the 2020-21 school year. We believe this is the right decision in a year where direction from Alberta Education and Alberta Health continues to evolve rapidly.
Teachers will remain focused on delivering the programs of study for all courses, and will continue to assess student achievement based on the grade level outcomes as determined by the Province of Alberta.
Alberta Education informed school boards on October 13, that October/November 2020 Diploma Exams are optional for some students, and the decision to write will be made by students and their parents. Diploma Exams scheduled for January, April or June continue to be mandatory at this time.
The exemption to write applies only to students currently taking the Diploma course and who will receive a school-awarded mark for the first quarter (September - November) courses. Those students who tool a Diploma course before the 2020-21 school year who have registered to write one or more exams in October/November must still write the exam. However, they may choose to defer the exam writing to January, April or June (message from Chief Superintendent of Schools on October 14, 2020).
Alberta Education has clarified that any student who finished a diploma course and received a school-awarded mark after the August writing of diplomas and before the November writing, is also exempt from writing the November exams.
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.
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.
For the 2020-21 school year, Diploma Exams will be administered for all diploma courses and Provincial Achievement Tests will be administered for English Language Arts, Mathematics and French Language Arts.
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.