How to interpret this table:
- For the ELPA, the count of students who are exempt or absent is not included in the denominator when calculating the achievement levels since this is a graduation requirement and students may attempt the assessment several times.
- For all other assessments, all students are counted in the denominator, other than those who were absent when the assessment was administered. The percentage of students with exemptions is included in the Below Appropriate Achievement category. For comparison, the table below presents the results excluding the count of exempt and absent students.
- NR = Not Reportable (too few students to report results in accordance with the Department’s confidentiality guidelines).
- Blank = Assessment was not administered (e.g., in 2019-20 most provincial assessments were cancelled due to COVID-19), or there were no students at the grade level assessed.
- 2020-21 results are not comparable to previous years. This is due to moving from matrix sampling methodology (students complete one of four partial versions of the assessment) to having each student write the full assessment. This does not pertain to the ELPA. 2020-21 results of the ELPA are comparable to the previous year.
- Students participating in the 2020-2021 Grade 4 French Immersion Reading Assessment entered the program in Grade 1. Students assessed in previous years entered the program in Grade 3.
- The Grade 10 French Immersion Reading assessment is the same for students entering immersion in Grade 3 vs. Grade 6, however, the results are calculated separately to reflect the expectations for the two programs.
- New assessments were developed in 2021-22 for mathematics and French reading for Grades 5 and 7, and scientific literacy for Grade 8. Results will be available after their first full administration next year.
In certain circumstances, it is necessary and appropriate for students to be exempted from participating in provincial assessments if the testing format does not allow demonstration of their learning, even with accommodations. Exemptions fall into three broad categories: academic, social/emotional and unforeseen. Typically, academic exemptions are sought for students following an individualized Personalized Learning Plan (PLP-I). Students who are exempt due to an PLP-I should be assessed on those goals that are set out in their Personalized Learning Plan (PLP).
The Exemption Rates table identifies the percentage of students who were formally excused from a provincial assessment.
For more information on exemptions and accommodations, refer to the online document Provincial Assessment Program: Protocols for Accommodations and Exemptions.