The Student Learning Assessments (SLAs) are a beginning of the year assessment that enables teachers and parents to be aware of a child’s strengths and areas for growth. For the 2020–2021 school year, the Grade 3 SLAs will continue to be optional and will be administered at the discretion of the school authority.

The purposes of the SLAs are to

  • improve student learning
  • help parents and teachers identify student strengths and areas for growth

The SLAs are provided digitally and assess outcomes related to literacy and numeracy in language arts and mathematics in Alberta’s current Grade 2 provincial programs of study.

  • Literacy is the ability, confidence and willingness to engage with language1Œ to acquire, construct and communicate meaning in all aspects of daily living.
  • Numeracy is the ability, confidence and willingness to engage with quantitative2 and spatial information3Ž to make informed decisions in all aspects of daily living.

1 Language is a socially and culturally constructed system of communication.
2 Quantitative information is information that can be measured and expressed as an amount.
3Spatial information is the physical location of objects or people, or the relationship between objects or people.

Structure of the Grade 3 SLAs

The four components of the Grade 3 SLAs are

  • a digitally scored literacy component
  • a literacy performance-task component
  • a digitally scored numeracy component
  • a numeracy performance-task component

English and French

The literacy components of the SLAs are developed independently for English, French immersion and Francophone students. The numeracy portions are developed in English, and the French immersion and Francophone versions are translations of the English version.

For more information, see Student Learning Assessments.