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Prior Learning Assessment Recognition
Information



PLAR provides opportunities for students to:

-       Earn credits for learning outside Ontario classrooms
-       Broaden their choice of courses
-       Increase the flexibility of their secondary school program


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PLAR allows for the evaluation of students' skills and knowledge against curriculum expectations.
 
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PLAR procedures are carried out under the direction of the Principal, who grants credits.
 
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The PLAR challenge process includes formal tests (balanced between written work and demonstration as appropriate for the subject) worth 70% of the final mark; and other types of assessment worth 30% of the final mark.
 
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A maximum of four credits may be earned through the PLAR challenge process.
No more than two credits in any one discipline may be earned through the PLAR challenge process.


The PLAR challenge process excludes:

Grade 9 courses plus
-       Transfer courses, Locally Developed courses, Cooperative Education courses
-       French as a Second Language courses if the student has earned one or more credits in French
-       Courses the student has previously failed
-       Courses the student has previously passed
-       Courses that overlap significantly with credits the student has already earned
-       Courses in any subject if a credit has already been granted at a later grade (e.g. a grade 10 course cannot be challenged in a subject where a grade 11 credit has been earned)


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A percentage grade will be recorded on the Ontario Student Transcript for all grade 10 courses challenged and passed.
 
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A percentage grade will be recorded on the Ontario Student Transcript for all grades 11 and 12 courses challenged passed or failed.


Student Responsibilities:

-       Initiate the PLAR challenge process
-       Gather reasonable evidence to support the challenge
-       Submit the Application to Challenge form and all necessary documentation to the principal
-       Complete the formal tests and other assessments


Principal Responsibilities:

-       Inform students and parents of PLAR policies and procedures
-       Ensure students can access the PLAR website or provide alternate access to courses expectations and the Application to Challenge form
-       Review applications and consult with students and parents as required
-       Forward application to Challenge Committee for evaluation


Board Responsibilities:

-       Create and maintain the PLAR website
-       Oversee the development of PLAR assessments
-       Establish a PLAR Challenge Committee to review applications
-       Communicate the decisions of the PLAR Challenge Committee to students and parents
-       Communicate PLAR challenge information to students and parents

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