Collaborative Inquiry Project – Grades 1-12

Gathering Valid and Reliable Evidence to Determine a Grade - Rich Tasks

Project Overview
Educators in this project conducted collaborative inquiry to investigate the big question:
How can we gather valid and reliable evidence of learning to inform our professional judgement to determine a grade?   They developed specific, focussed inquiry questions related to the Theory of Action and are sharing the results of their ongoing professional learning on this site.

Project Theory of Action
If we:

  • Plan and gather the information in a way that is triangulated and collected over time
  • Design rich tasks that are meaningful and aligned with the learning goals and success criteria
  • Take steps to ensure that students are partners in assessment
  • Reflect deeply on that evidence
  • Use the evidence to inform our professional judgements about student learning

Then we can accurately and effectively communicate information about the learning (including determine a grade).

Board-Developed Inquiry Question Board-Developed Inquiry Question

How do we design rich tasks that align with expectations and quality criteria?

-Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board

Reflecting on the Learning Reflecting on the Learning

Student Quotes

“I like being a part of deciding what criteria need to go into our work.”

“I like that the answer is not just given to us. Instead, we're learning how to find a solution by using what materials we have and what we know.”

“I like that we get to try learning something on our own and then if we need help, the teacher is there for us rather than the teacher teaching us everything all the time.”

Teacher Quotes

“Students enjoy building success criteria and they build it better than I do on my own.”

“It's much easier to give on-going feedback with set criteria.“

“This process helps students become more accountable for their own learning.”

“There is value in every conversation that I have with all my students.”
Evidence Evidence

Evidence Chart
Key Learnings Key Learnings

Key Learnings Chart