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The primary purpose of assessment is to improve student learning. Assessment information is also used to enhance instruction to students and assures Albertans that the education system is meeting the needs of students and achieving the outcomes of the Ministerial Order on Student Learning.

The assessment of student progress in relation to the outcomes outlined in programs of study/curriculum is important for the following reasons:

  • The information is essential so that teachers can assist in meeting the learning needs of students.
  • The information is required for reporting student progress clearly to students and parents.
  • The information is used in making decisions regarding student placement.
  • The information is required for the evaluation of program effectiveness and for the revision of programs to improve student learning.