Learning at Home

COVID-19 has transformed how we live, work, play and learn.

These are extraordinary times that require new ways of teaching and learning.


Nova Scotia’s Learning Continuity Plan is designed to support learning for P-12 students in the province in different ways during COVID-19. The plan allows learning to continue while keeping students, their families and school staff safe. It also allows regional centres of education, CSAP and teachers flexibility to meet the unique needs of their students.


The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development acknowledges and thanks the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and Public School Administrators Association of Nova Scotia whose input helped form the Learning Continuity Plan and whose ongoing collaboration continues to be valuable as we move forward.
 


back to the topNova Scotia’s Learning Continuity Plan

The learning continuity plan makes it possible for P-12 students to learn at home using a variety of tools, including a dedicated learning website (https://curriculum.novascotia.ca/), online learning assignments and projects, bi-weekly at-home learning packages and direct connection with their teachers and other support staff.


Here’s how it will work:


Primary - Grade 3

  • Learning will focus on language/literacy and mathematics/numeracy curriculum outcomes.
  • Teachers will assign an average of five hours of work per student per week and will work with students and parents/guardians on the appropriate means to deliver learning materials.


Grades 4-6

  • Learning will focus on language/literacy and mathematics/numeracy curriculum outcomes. Teachers will work to incorporate science and social studies outcomes where possible.
  • Teachers will assign an average of five hours of work per student per week and will work with students and parents/guardians on the appropriate means to deliver learning materials.


Grades 7-9

  • Learning will focus on mathematics, language/literacy, science and social studies curriculum outcomes.
  • Teachers will work together to assign a total average of 10 hours of work per student per week and will work with students and parents/guardians on the appropriate means to deliver learning materials.


Grades 10-11

  • Learning will focus on the courses students are currently enrolled in this semester.
  • Teachers will assign an average of 3 hours of work per course per week and will work with students and parents/guardians on the appropriate means to deliver learning materials.
  • Students registered in skilled trades courses will continue to receive recognition for apprenticeship hours.
  • Nova Scotia Virtual School (NSVS) courses will continue.


Grades 12

  • Learning will focus on coursework required for high school graduation.
  • Teachers will assign an average of 3 hours of work per course per week and will work with students and parents/guardians on the appropriate means to deliver learning materials.
  • Students unable to complete course work will be offered alternative supports or processes.
  • Students registered in skilled trades courses will continue to receive recognition for apprenticeship hours.
  • Nova Scotia Virtual School (NSVS) courses will continue.


back to the topGrade progression and report cards

  • All students will receive an end of the year report card.
  • Parents/guardians will be consulted and kept informed by their school of how assessments and evaluations will be carried out.
  • Students who have an Individual Program Plan will continue to be assessed based on their individualized outcomes.
  • Students on-track to graduate will graduate and students on-track to proceed to their next grade level will move to their next grade on time.
  • High school students will be supported to complete their modified coursework to the best of their ability.
  • Teachers will assess their progress and assign a final grade based on the work done up to March Break and what is accomplished between then and the end of June.


back to the topProvincial assessments

  • Provincial Assessments, Nova Scotia Exams and all final exams in all courses are cancelled.
  • Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française (DELF) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams are cancelled.
  • Grade 12 students who need a preliminary paper-based transcript for bursaries, scholarships/university entrance will receive one by contacting their Regional Centre for Education or CSAP.


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back to the topAssessment

back to the topSummary & Highlights

The learning continuity plan recognizes this is not a normal school year and that curriculum outcomes need to be adjusted. For many families, this is a challenging time that has been further compounded by the recent tragic events in our province.
 

As stated in the learning continuity plan:
  • All students will receive an end of the year report card.
  • Students who have an Individual Program Plan will continue to be assessed based on their individual outcomes.
  • Students on-track to graduate will graduate and students on-track to proceed to their next grade level will move to their next grade on time. During the pandemic, teachers and schools will work with students to improve their marks.
  • High school students will be assessed and evaluated on modified coursework that is completed to the best of their ability.
     
Teachers will carry out ongoing assessments and evaluation of students under Nova Scotia’s Learning Continuity Plan.
March report cards for elementary school students are beginning to be issued now via email. All students in all grades will receive an end-of-year report card in late June.
In grades 10-12, a student’s progress, and their final grade, will be based on the work done up to March Break and what is accomplished between then and the end of June. This will include assignments completed at home. Teachers will work with students to provide additional supports to improve their marks.
End of year report cards in P-9 will have anecdotal comments.
Assessments and evaluation will consider individual student well-being and achievement and be done in a way that is inclusive and culturally responsive.
No student will be penalized because of COVID-19. Students in grades 10-12 will not receive a mark lower than their standing as of March Break.
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development acknowledges and thanks the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and Public School Administrators Association of Nova Scotia whose input helped form the Learning Continuity Plan and whose ongoing collaboration continues to inform and guide the education system’s approach to assessment. In addition, we wish to also acknowledge the input from regional centres for education/CSAP for their input as we all work together to create the best for students in our current scenario.


Highlights:
 

Grade 12

  • Any student who is a potential graduate (enrolled and passing as of March 13 those courses that are required to meet the 18 credit NS requirements), will graduate.
  • Any student who is a potential graduate but as of March 13, was not passing one or more courses that are required to meet the 18 credit NS requirements, need to continue to engage in learning from home as they work to achieve success. Teachers and schools will work with students to provide additional supports to improve their marks.
     

Grades 10 – 12

  • An interim grade up to and including March 13 will be shared with students and families.
  • This interim grade will be communicated through PowerSchool no later than May 14, 2020.
  • Teachers will make every effort to support students who were not on track to receive a credit(s) on March 13th with a focus on improvement.
  • All students enrolled in a grade 10-12 course who were on track to receive a credit, will receive the credit in June.
  • Any assessments after March 13 will provide students with the opportunity to improve their grade.
  • Percentage grades will be provided for all grade 10-12 courses on the June report card.
  • Final percentage grades for each grade course will not be less than the interim grade in that course.
  • For individual students who are unable to complete courses in which they are enrolled the students’ teachers will determine ways in which to support progress in collaboration with support team members.
     

Grades Primary to 9

  • Students who were on track to progress to the next grade level will progress.
  • Teachers will make every effort to support students who were not on track to progress to progress to the next grade.
  • P-9 June report cards will not have a grade and will consist of comments only that reflect on the school year. Comments will be provided for:
    • P-6: language, arts and mathematics
    • 7-9: mathematics, language arts, science and social studies

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Assessment Highlights

  • All students will receive an end of the year report card.
  • Students who have an Individual Program Plan will continue to be assessed based on their individual outcomes.
  • Students on-track to graduate will graduate and students on-track to proceed to their next grade level will move to their next grade on time. During the pandemic, teachers and schools will work with students to improve their marks.
  • High school students will be assessed and evaluated on modified coursework that is completed to the best of their ability.
     

Q. How can teachers effectively assess students during this pandemic?
A. We recognize there are challenges. However, teachers have been working to teach key curriculum outcomes since learning-at-home began. Teachers and schools have been working to provide wrap-around supports to all students. There are online and no/low-tech options for all students in the Learning Continuity Plan.  Teachers have been engaging in ongoing assessment as best they can in a variety of ways including submission of work and phone calls to discuss learning.
 

Q. How are children in grades Primary to 9 being assessed?
A. Students in grades Primary to 9 will not receive a grade. However, teachers will provide comments about the student’s progress in language, arts and math for grades P-6, and comments about math, language arts, science and social studies for grades 7-9. Those students on track to pass will pass.  Parents and students who were not on track would have received feedback as to the status and what they could do to improve before COVID-19. Those students who are struggling will be given additional resources and support so they can get to the next level.
 

Q. Why are you giving marks to students in Grades 10-12? Why not provide a pass/fail option?

A. We looked at all options for high school students, including pass/fail. We chose to provide grades so we are aligned with many other provinces. This approach is also designed to support post secondary applications in Nova Scotia and beyond.  The department continues to meet with post secondary colleges and universities on issues to support transitions for our graduates.  

Students will receive an interim grade that reflects their progress to March 13 (March Break). Students can improve on that mark for their final report card but they can’t go below the March 13 grade. This interim grade will be communicated to students via PowerSchool by May 14.

Q. Is it fair to assess students on their work during a pandemic? Some students don’t have access to internet or computers?

A. No student will be penalized because of COVID-19. Students who were on track to progress to the next grade level will progress. Teachers and schools will make every effort to support students who were not on track to progress to progress to the next grade.
 

Q What about students who don’t have access to internet or computers?

A. Nova Scotia’s education system has been proactive and a leader in the country in terms of supporting students and families with technological challenges. Every two weeks we are mailing learning packages to over 340,000 households in Nova Scotia to support ongoing learning in Primary to grade 9. These teachers have been regularly discussing learning with students and families without internet. Many of these families have ways to share student work with their teacher.  We have provided computers to every eligible student in grades 10 to 12, and we have implemented tele-conference lines in high schools so that teachers can connect with students without internet. We are continuing to look at ways that we can better connect students and teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

Q. Will there be an end-of-year report card?

A. Yes, there will be an end of year report card. Additionally, students in primary to grade 9 will receive their mid-year report card in the coming days. This is the report card that was originally intended to go out at the end of March/beginning of April.