A Message from the NTCI Parents Mailing List:
Re: Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Challenge for Adolescents
Through a formal evaluation and accreditation process known as Prior Learning
Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), students enrolled in TDSB secondary schools
and Continuing Education programs may have their skills and knowledge evaluated
against the overall expectations outlined in provincial curriculum policy
documents in order to earn credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma
Students' prior learning is assessed for the purpose of granting a credit for
one Grade 10, 11 or 12 course developed from a provincial curriculum policy
document published in 1999 or later. Students in Grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 may
apply to challenge for credit for certain Grade 10, 11 or 12 courses.
Please note the following rules which govern the challenge process:
* Students may challenge and earn a maximum of four credits for prior
learning, including a maximum of two credits in any one discipline over the
course of their secondary school careers.
* The PLAR challenge process requires students to demonstrate their
knowledge and skills through assessment procedures that will include formal
tests (70%) and other assessment activities (30%).
* Students can only challenge for courses that are currently taught in TDSB
* There are some courses that cannot be challenged. (Please refer to the
PLAR Fact Sheet available through Guidance).
* Students must be registered with a Toronto District School Board school
and will not be charged a fee.
* Only successful challenges will be recorded as credits granted on the
student's OSR; however full disclosure will apply to attempts made at the Grade
11 and 12 levels.
* A complete challenge application and accompanying supportive documents,
materials, proof, evidence to show knowledge and skills which meet all
curriculum expectations for a course must be submitted by the set deadline.
Students are responsible for initiating the challenge process. There are no
school-based supports involved with the process of the challenge and no
teaching components are available.
For the first step in preparation for this process, all interested students and
parents/guardians/caregivers must attend the mandatory Information/Orientation
Monday , February 6, 2017
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
(Registration from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.)
Earl Haig Secondary School, Auditorium
100 Princess Avenue, Toronto,
(Yonge and Sheppard area)
Registration is from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the presentation is from 6:30
p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The challenge process will be explained and curriculum
specialists will answer questions with regard to the expectations of the
Application forms will be available from the school Guidance office from
Thursday, February 11, 2017. Students in Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 who wish to
challenge for a Grade 10, 11 or 12 course must complete an application and
return it to the school Guidance office by March 10, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.
Applications will be initially checked for completion by a school Administrator
or Guidance Counsellor. Those deemed to be complete and appropriate will be
assessed by central curriculum staff to determine if the challenge application
is approved to proceed to the final evaluation. All applicants will be
notified in writing of the status of their challenge application by April 12,
2017. The challenge process of assessment and evaluation will be conducted
during the month of May.
If you have any questions about PLAR or the challenge process, please contact
the school's Guidance office.
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North Toronto Collegiate Institute
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