Assessment & Reporting

 

All students will, through the course of any given term, go through assessments to gauge their academic development. There will also be assessments made on behaviour and general attitude.

 

An assessment of a student involves both formal and informal assessments. A formal assessment will determine a students' understanding in a specific task at specific times through the course of a term and school year. This type of assessment would involve –
  • Mid-Term and End-of-Year Examinations
  • Unit Tests and/or Assessment Tasks
  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • Research Assignments

 

An informal assessment allows the student to improve upon and develop their knowledge, understanding and skill set. An informal assessment would involve -
  • Homework Assignments
  • Mini Tests
  • Classwork Assignments
  • Experiments/Class Practical Presentations
  • Group or Pair Work
  • Classroom Activities and/or Presentations
  • Teacher's Observation of Student Learning

 

Students who fail to achieve or satisfactorily complete the outcomes set for their subjects, are usually the result of –
  • failing to complete and submit classwork and homework assignments
  • excessive absences from school or excessive lateness to class
  • unsatisfactory classroom behaviour that hinders learning
  • unsatisfactory grades in class tests and assessments due to lack of effort and diligence
  • failing to submit assessment tasks
  • confirmed plagiarism, copying or cheating

 

It is the student's responsibility to be alert to the due dates for set tasks and when assessments will take place. Students must satisfactorily complete all assessments and set tasks prior to being able to progress to the following year. Students and their teachers must work together in partnership to allow students to show what they have learnt, assess their progress and identify specific strategies to maximise their potential.

 

When it comes to reporting upon a student's progress, reporting will be done as follows –

 

1. Formal Reports:

 

These are issued both in the middle and at the end of a term.

 

Mid-Term Reports are designed to allow the parents, at a glance, to establish whether their child is meeting the targets set for the term so far and their achievement to date.

 

End-of-Term Reports are issued three times a year at the conclusion of each term. Each report details the performance for that whole term and the objectives or aims for the following term. The reports are a combination of marks or levels achieved in formal examinations and on-going teacher assessments and observations made in and out of the classroom in relation to both learning and social development and behaviour.

 

2. Parent-Teacher Meetings [PTM]

 

Parents will be given the opportunity to discuss their child's progress at Parent Teacher Meetings which take place at the end of each term. In these PTM's parents will have the opportunity to meet the subject specialists as well as their child's Homeroom Teacher to discuss and review the work done through the course of the term. Discussions surrounding the students social development and behaviour are also encouraged.

 

3. Other Reporting or Communication Methods

 

Parents and the teachers are encouraged to stay in touch with their child's teachers through correspondence via the Homework Diary, by email or phone call.