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Assessment

Assessment is an integral part of a student’s learning and it is used by teachers to collect evidence about a student’s progress towards the achievement of outcomes listed from the subject syllabus. Assessment also helps students know and recognise the standards they are aiming for and this is reflected in the marking guidelines. It also provides evidence that students have satisfactorily completed a course.

Formal Assessment Tasks are used by teachers to report student’s achievement and progress in each course to the College’s Semester Reports. Formal tasks are common to all classes for each subject. The formal tasks for each subject are listed in the attached schedules.

Informal tasks are activities carried out in the class. Teachers use a variety of different strategies to collect information about each student’s progress. For the College Semester Reports, teachers make judgements on student achievement based on the evidence collected over time. To determine a grade, teachers will use both formal and informal assessments. To put it in another way, students, everything you do – counts.

Formal tasks will be presented in a standardised format which includes an evaluation for students. Feedback is given to students and this will assist them to know what they need to do in order to improve their achievement. Parents will be asked to sign and have the opportunity to provide feedback on the evaluation form for each task. In this way parents can monitor and assist their daughter/son’s learning.

  • Years 7 to 12 Assessment Schedules
  • Assessment Information
    • Why have an Assessment Policy?
      • It will ensure consistency across the College curriculum
      • It will ensure fairness and justice to all students
      • It will enable parents and students to be better informed of College procedures on assessment
    • What are the responsibility of the student

      It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that they know the date of the formal Assessment Tasks and know what is being assessed and how.

      Every student must follow the procedures regarding submission of formal Assessment Tasks. Formal Assessment Tasks are to be submitted to the subject teacher unless otherwise directed.

      If any queries about the tasks or procedures arise students should check with the subject teacher or Leader of Learning to seek clarification. Students are encouraged to seek help to enable them to fully understand the requirements and obtain a creditable level of achievement in all Tasks. Seek help and advice early and plan effectively.

      It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the Task is submitted to their subject teacher only. Tasks may not be submitted at the office or be given to another teacher to pass on.

      It is the responsibility of all students to return marked assessment tasks to their parents/guardians for their signature.

      Students need to ensure that they complete all informal tasks in class. Students need to understand that information collected from both their formal and informal tasks will be used to determine a grade for their Semester Reports.

    • What happens if a student is absent for a formal assessment task or a task due to be submitted?

      The illness/misadventure form must be completed, this is located under Assessment Issues heading.

      A medical certificate (years 10-12) or a note from a Parent/Guardian (years 7-9) explaining the absence is to be given to the Director of Studies on the first day of return to the College. The letter also needs to indicate that the Parents/Guardians were aware a task was due on the day of absence. It also needs to be seperate from the normal diary entry. 

      A phone call can be made out of courtesy but does not replace the letter. Failure to hand in the letter as required may result in a detention and the normal penalty.
      If a student knows they will be absent on the due date of a formal Assessment Task a letter must be submitted to the Director of Studies prior to the due date.

      If the task was a test, an estimate will be given or the student will sit for the test on the first day of return to the College. If the task was a hand-in task, it is to be given to the class teacher with the letter on the first day of return to the College.

    • What happens if a student submits a formal assessment task late?

      First day an Assessment Task is late will result in a 30% penalty (thereafter a zero mark is awarded); an Assessment Task is assumed to be one day late if not received by the designated time on the due date;

      Each day of a weekend is regarded as part of the late total; (every day of the weekend is counted) and Even if the Assessment Task is late, students must still submit the work to meet the course requirements.

      A warning letter will be sent home to indicate award of a penalty.

    • What happens if a student fails to submit a formal assessment task?

      Students are required to submit all formal Assessment Tasks. After the second day, a detention will be arranged and a warning letter will be posted home to Parents/Guardians. The warning letter will indicate that the student will still be required to submit the Assessment Task and notifies the Parent/Guardian of a zero mark.

    • What happens if a student copies work from another student or from text or from electronic sources?

      Plagiarism: Taking and using another person’s work and claiming it as your own is plagiarism. If direct words are used, they must be referenced; i.e. they must be placed in quotation marks and the source and page number acknowledged. If a student copies someone’s work exactly and claims it to be their own, this is plagiarism. Parents/Guardians will be informed and some disciplinary action may result. A warning letter will also be sent home to indicate a penalty.

    • Can I get an extension of the time?

      In the case of illness or misadventure, extensions of time may be given but will depend on the circumstances. If a student realises that the Assessment Task will not be completed on time the student must approach the Director of Studies for an extension of time well in advance of the due date. Extensions will not be granted on the due date.

    • What happens in the case of computer or printer breakdown?

      No extensions of time can be given. Students will incur a penalty if the Task is late.

      Students who use the computer for Assessment Tasks are strongly advised to:

      • Regularly back up their work on a external drive such as a USB flash drive
      • Print a draft version prior to the due date
      • Complete the final copy of the assignment at least 24 hours before the due date (not on the night before or on the morning of the due date)
      • Students are advised they can use the library printing facilities
      • Not to rely on emailing assessments to the College on the due date
    • Who should I see if I have a problem?

      Students should talk to their subject teacher first. If the problem is not resolved, he or she can then discuss it with the Leader of Learning KLA or their Leader of Learning Pastoral. For major issues, an appointment to speak to the Director of Studies should be made.

    • Advice for parents

      Parents can take an active interest in the education of their children by encouraging them to:

      • Keep up to date of all assessment activities (Calendar, Subject Assessment Outlines)
      • Start tasks early, so that they have time to ask for help if they need it.
      • Break tasks into a series of smaller steps and set deadlines for completing each step.
      • Record the sources of information they use as they find them, so that acknowledgements do not become a major tasks at the end.
      • All sources need to be acknowledged
      • Frequently save and back up. Failure of technology is not an acceptable excuse for late submission.
      • Keep a copy of all tasks
      • Ask their teacher if in doubt.
      • Students should not be sharing their own work with others. Who knows where the work could end up?
      • Parents are not encouraged to complete the task for their child!
      • Parents are required to sign every assessment task after it has been marked. This is a way parents can monitor and account for their daughter/son’s learning.
  • Assessment Issues
    • Illness/Misadventure/Leave Form

      1. The student must complete the online assessment variation form:

      Illness/Misadventure Form

      2. A medical certificate or evidence of misadventure must be obtained and uploaded before you 'submit' the form or handed to the Director of Studies on return to school. Alternatively this can be emailed to the Director of Studies

      3. Once the form and documents are submitted the Director of Studies will liaise with the relevant Leader of Learning to determine most appropriate path of action students will then be notified of the outcome via email.

Assessment

  • Assessment is an integral part of a student’s learning and it is used by teachers to collect evidence about a student’s progress towards the achievement of outcomes listed from the subject syllabus. Assessment also helps students know and recognise the standards they are aiming for and this is reflected in the marking guidelines. It also provides evidence that students have satisfactorily completed a course.

    Formal Assessment Tasks are used by teachers to report student’s achievement and progress in each course to the College’s Semester Reports. Formal tasks are common to all classes for each subject. The formal tasks for each subject are listed in the attached schedules.

    Informal tasks are activities carried out in the class. Teachers use a variety of different strategies to collect information about each student’s progress. For the College Semester Reports, teachers make judgements on student achievement based on the evidence collected over time. To determine a grade, teachers will use both formal and informal assessments. To put it in another way, students, everything you do – counts.

    Formal tasks will be presented in a standardised format which includes an evaluation for students. Feedback is given to students and this will assist them to know what they need to do in order to improve their achievement. Parents will be asked to sign and have the opportunity to provide feedback on the evaluation form for each task. In this way parents can monitor and assist their daughter/son’s learning.

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