Thu, 16 Sep, 2021
This year, Alberta Education is providing school divisions with funding to support Grades 1–3 students who may need extra support in reading or math because of learning disruptions from COVID-19. This extra support is in addition to the supports Division schools provide to students who require it at the beginning of every school year.
Students who may need extra support will be identified through an assessment provided by a teacher. Schools will reach out to the families of these children with information about their assessment results and the support that will be provided.
Grades 2 and 3 students will be assessed and provided with extra math and reading supports beginning in September. These students will be assessed again in January.
Grade 1 students will be assessed and provided with supports beginning in January. These students will be assessed again in June.
Alberta Education has provided Q&A sheets for families about the math and reading assessments. If families have specific questions about the math and or reading supports that will be provided, contact your school principal.
Earlier this year the Division shared information with families about implementing the Canadian Achievement Test, Fourth Version (CAT4) for all students in Grades 2–9 this school year. The CAT4 assessment will provide teachers and schools with information about student achievement in the fall and their growth by the spring. Schools will use the CAT4 each year to plan for teaching and learning. The CAT4 is separate from the extra supports we will provide to students in Grades 1–3 who need help in math and reading this year because of learning disruptions from COVID-19.