Focus: Assessment

Student Learning Assessments

The Student Learning Assessments (SLAs) are digitally-based beginning of the year “check in” provincial assessment tools that Alberta is developing to enable both parents and teachers to identify student strengths and areas of growth at the start of the school year. We are currently in the third year of this pilot. Of the School Authorities that expressed interest in participating in the 2016-2017 Student Learning Assessment Pilot, 20 school authorities were invited to participate:

Metro School Authorities

  • Edmonton Catholic Separate School District
  • Edmonton School District
  • Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School District
  • Calgary School District

Urban School Authorities

  • Battle River Regional Division
  • Christ the Redeemer Catholic Separate Regional Division
  • Elk Island Catholic Separate Regional Division
  • Grande Prairie School District
  • Medicine Hat School District
  • Parkland School Division

Rural School Authorities

  • Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional Division
  • Holy Family Catholic Regional Division
  • Northern Gateway Regional Division No. 10
  • Peace River School Division
  • Sturgeon School Division
  • Westwind School Division

First Nations School Authority

  • Peigan Band

Francophone School Authorities

  • Greater North Central Francophone Education Region
  • Northwest Francophone Education Region

Charter/Private School Authorities

  • Airdrie Koinonia Christian School Society

A team of educational consultants is available to provide support in these key areas:

  • an overview of literacy and numeracy progressions, definitions, components, and elements 
  • collaborative marking sessions
  • interpreting SLA data, and
  • helping teachers to determine next steps in providing literacy and numeracy interventions.

Alberta Education has developed a number of materials to support districts, administrators and teachers who are participating in the 2016-2017 pilot. These resources can be accessed on the Alberta Education site:

  • General Information Bulletin
  • Quick Facts for Teachers
  • Quick Facts for Trustees
  • Quick Facts for Superintendents
  • Quick Facts for Parents and Guardians
  • Literacy and Numeracy Information Bulletin and FAQs, 
  • SLA Access User Guide
  • SLA User Guide
  • SLA User Guide for Reports
  • Sample Reports
  • SLA Technical Requirements

In the SLA Application, teachers now have secured preview access to all the 2016-2017 digital questions and performance tasks. They will also be able to access "Sample Performance Tasks for Students": 

For additional technical support using the Dashboard and preparing students to write SLAs, teachers can access three videos: 

Another important change this year is that teachers can access student results within 24 hours after a student completes the digital questions and they have the option of retesting students later in the year. Schools are expected to share SLA 3 individual results with students' parent(s) or guardian(s). 

For further details regarding changes this year, see a Summary of Changes in our Support Resources tab. 

This resource was developed by ERLC as a result of a grant from Alberta Education to support implementation.