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 
session on:

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 
challenge process.

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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