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Grade 3 SLA - Quick Reference

September 6, 2016 - Grade 3 students throughout Parkland School Division will again be participating in the Student Learning Assessment (SLA) Pilot for the 2016-2017 school year.

What are SLAs?

SLAs are digitally based provincial assessment tools that provide a beginning of the year “check in”. This enables parents and teachers to learn about and identify student strengths and areas of growth at the start of the school year.

The Grade 3 SLA is based on outcomes related to literacy and numeracy in language arts and mathematics in Alberta’s current Grade 2 provincial curriculum. Some questions include contexts from arts education, health, science and social studies.

What are the purposes of the SLAs?

The three purposes of the SLAs are to:

  • Improve student learning (primary purpose)
  • Enhance instruction for students
  • Ensure the education system meets the needs of students and achieves the outcomes of the Ministerial Order on Student Learning.

Provincial assessment programs, including SLAs, are meant to complement, not replace, day-to-day teacher observations and classroom assessment.

When are the SLAs administered?

Administration dates for the SLAs will vary by school, though all will take place early in the school year. Please watch for more information from your school as to when they have scheduled administration of SLAs.

More Information

Alberta Education has developed this helpful resource for parents of Grade 3 students, which addresses several frequently asked questions about the SLAs.

Additional information about the SLAs can be found on the Alberta School Councils' Association website, as well as the Alberta Education website

For more information contact:
Nicole Lamarre
Director of Student Learning Assessments, Alberta Education
Phone: 780-427-6204 (Dial 310-0000 for toll-free access outside the Edmonton area)
Email: Nicole.Lamarre@gov.ab.ca