Assessment

At Holy Saviour School we see assessment as a powerful force in student learning. Assessment information is collected through a range of methods and is used in a multitude of ways. It should be noted that many assessment tasks can be used for both formative and summative purposes. The nature and impact of assessment depends on the uses to which the results of that assessment are put:

Assessment FOR Learning Assessment FOR learning involves the use of day-to-day, both formal and informal, assessments to explore students' skills and understandings so that teachers can best decide how to help them to grow and develop within and across learning areas. These assessments help us to build a real picture of what a student can do at any given time and provide direction for decisions about teaching and learning. A review of research into classroom assessment has shown that assessment for learning is one of the most powerful ways of improving learning and raising standards.

Assessment AS Learning Assessment AS learning involves students in becoming more responsible participants in the whole learning process. They understand the purposes of their work, generate personal learning goals that link into the outcomes they are working towards, ask themselves questions to actively reflect on their progress and regularly undertake informal and formal self and peer assessments. Teaching our students to self- and peer-assess is a central part of our teaching and learning cycle.

Assessment OF Learning Commonly known as summative assessment, assessment of learning is the more formal summing-up of a student's progress that is then used for purposes including: providing information to parents; showing pointers for further development at an individual, class or whole-school level; or contributing to, and aligning with, the wide-angle view of national education standards.

Reports of student achievement are provided to parents and carers in the form of a mid-year and yearly school report. These reports are accompanied by annotated portfolios of student work. Achievement standards are reported through the use of the A to E reporting scale as mandated by the Australian Government. It is important that families remember the grades that students receive are only one aspect of the report to parents and students. At Holy Saviour we are committed to the development of the 'whole child' and also report on effort, attitude, personal achievements and social/emotional growth aspects. Each semester, families are invited to meet with the class teacher(s) to discuss the progress of their child.

Please follow the links below for more information on A to E reporting and evaluation standards.

A to E reporting

Link to Arabic explanation of Common Grade Scale

Link to ARC website for work samples used by teachers as comparative guides for allocating grades

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