Assessment & Evaluation Policy


GHCI Evaluation Policy for 70% Term Work

In accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Education document: Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, 2010.

Students must be aware that they are responsible for providing evidence of their learning within established timelines, and that there are consequences for cheating, plagiarizing, not completing work, and submitting work late.

Late and Missed Assignments

Students are responsible not only for their behaviour in the classroom and the school but also for providing evidence of their achievement of the overall expectations within the time frame specified by the teacher, and in the form approved by the teacher. Students must understand that there will be consequences for not completing assignments for evaluation or for submitting those assignments late.

Where in the teacher’s professional judgment it is appropriate to do so, a number of strategies may be used to help prevent and/or address late and missed assignments, including:

Providing alternative assignments or test/exams; counselling, support with time management skills, informing parents where, in the teacher’s professional judgment it is reasonable to do so;

As a last resort, deducting marks for late assignments, up to and including the full value of the assignment.

  • Assignments must be submitted on or before the due date, at the required times as assigned by the teacher.Students who cannot meet the deadline must communicate with the subject teacher in advance to discuss possible alternate arrangements.
  • Students who fail to communicate with teachers regarding late work, and submit work late, may at the teacher’s discretion, be deducted 10% per day (including weekends) up to the full value of the assignment.
  • Missed assignments will receive a mark of 0.An assignment will be considered missed once it has been returned to the class.Alternate arrangements may be made in cases of extenuating circumstances (serious illness, death in the family, etc). Official documentation is required in these cases (i.e. doctor’s note).
  • Student absence for a group presentation will receive a mark of 0 unless official documentation is provided.In this case the student will make alternate arrangements for presenting. (*Group Tasks result in individual marks)

Unplanned (emergency) Absence:

  • Students absent on the day of an in-class evaluation must notify the teacher immediately upon return to the school to arrange for a make-up test or assignment date.Official documentation may be required to explain the absence.An unexplained absence will result in a mark of 0.
  • Students absent from an evaluation as a result of school events (sports, school trips, school clubs, or other school-sanctioned activity) must notify the teacher prior to the absence in order to make alternate arrangements. In the event that the date of absence is not known until the last minute (as in cases of scheduling of sporting events),
  • follow the policy for unplanned absence as explained above (in this case a note from the supervising teacher may be required).

School-sanctioned Absence:

  • Students absent from an evaluation as a result of school events (sports, school trips, school clubs, or other school-sanctioned activity) must notify the teacher prior to the absence in order to make alternate arrangements. In the event that the date of absence is not known until the last minute (as in cases of scheduling of sporting events),

  • follow the policy for unplanned absence as explained above (in this case a note from the supervising teacher may be required).

GHCI Evaluation Policy for 30% Culminating Activities

In accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Education document: Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, 2010.

30% of the grade will be based on the final evaluation administered at or towards the end of the course.This evaluation will be based on evidence from one or a combination of the following: an examination, a performance, and essay, and/or another method of evaluation suitable to the course content.

  • No student will be exempt from the final evaluation tasks.Culminating tasks must be submitted/completed on the due date, at the required times as assigned by the teacher.Students who do not meet the assigned deadline will receive a 0.
  • If a student misses part or all of the culminating activities, the student will receive a 0 as a grade in the part of the culminating activity that was missed because of lack of evidence of achievement. Where the absence has been justified based on documentation received by the Vice Principal or Principal (i.e.: medical certificate) the zero will not automatically stand. If time allows, the student will be given another opportunity to complete the missing part of the culminating activities. In those circumstances when time or circumstances do not allow, the administration, in consultation with the teacher will determine an appropriate mark. If the absence is unjustified, i.e.: leaving early on a family vacation or summer job, the student will receive a mark of zero for that part of the culminating activity.


School-sanctioned Absence during Culminating Evaluation Activities:

  • Students absent from a culminating evaluation as a result of school events (sporting event, school trips, school club, or other school-sanctioned activity) must notify the teacher prior to the absence in order to make alternate arrangements. In the event that the date of absence is not known until the last minute (as in cases of scheduling of sporting events), follow the policy for unplanned absence as explained above (in this case a note from the supervising teacher will be required).

Academic Misconduct (Cheating and Plagiarism)

Plagiarism and Cheating (TDSB PR 613)

Plagiarism is the use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another without attribution, in order to represent them as one’s own original work (Growing Success, pg. 151). If one knowingly submits someone else’s work as their own, for grading, this is a type of fraud. The consequences and result of academic misconduct may include a grade of 0, failure in the course, and escalating school consequences.

▪ All work (term and culminating activities) submitted and/or presented must be original. It is a violation to plagiarize or cheat on examinations or tests, submit work for which credit has been previously obtained in another course, forge, alter or falsify any academic record, or produce a paper, or other assignment for another student.

▪ Students may be asked to submit assignments through www.turnitin.com Turnitin is the world’s leading originality checking/ plagiarism prevention service, being used in more than 6500 educational institutions across 106 countries. It ensures originality as well as the use of proper citation.