Each e1 student has a faculty member who acts as their advisor for both years of the program. A student’s advisor liaises with all the teachers the student has, as well as with the student and his or her family. The advisor tailors the support offered to each student based on that student’s individual needs.
The academic program is rigorous and involves students in accurate self-assessment, and individualized goal setting that emphasizes challenge, achievement, and accountability. Self-evaluation and self-assessment are the responsibility of the student, supported by teachers and the student’s advisor. In addition, the faculty evaluates students’ work in a wide variety of ways including testing.
The most important goal of assessment is for each student to have a clear understanding of their strengths, their challenges, and how to improve themselves. Students are provided a learning environment that constructively assists them in knowing themselves as a learner. As such, assessment is used for learning and as learning. What this means is that assessment is used as an opportunity for the teacher to communicate feedback to promote improvement, but also as a key opportunity for the student to be coached in the valuable process of independent self-assessment, self-monitoring of progress, and goal setting. Through this process, students become independent and autonomous learners. This manner of assessment for learning heightens both student engagement and commitment.
Assessment is embedded through each unit and guided by a variety of modes including: direct instruction, discussion, seminar, individual and group research, oral presentations, problem solving, peer evaluation, formal evaluation and feedback.
Success criteria are described in specific terms at the beginning of a course in order that students have the opportunity to effect and understand the criteria used to assess their learning and develop an understanding for what evidence of learning they will need to demonstrate. The success criteria are designed so that students can recognize the purpose of the assigned work. Often the criteria are provided in the form of a rubric. Oral and written feedback is used throughout the course in order that students receive guidance specific to their own strengths and challenges. This one-on-one dialogue provides for assessment that is meaningful and guided by their personal abilities and potential.
The most important goal of assessment is for each student to have a clear understanding of their strengths, their challenges, and how to manage these challenges. It is essential that students know themselves well and are comfortable with themselves when they graduate and move onto their postsecondary pursuit.