Assessment is the purposeful and systematic process of gathering, recording, interpreting, using and reporting information about a child’s progress and achievement. All forms of assessment should seek to enhance student achievement. Assessment is used to support teachers in gathering and using appropriate data to drive decisions about learners, learning and pedagogy. A coherent, systematic approach to assessment will ensure that the individual needs of students are met and that the teaching and learning are informed by the needs of the student. As such, assessment is an integral part of the teaching and learning process.
There are different purposes for assessment. Assessment for learning (formative) helps identify a student’s current understandings to help them attain higher levels of performance. Assessment of learning (summative) indicates the standards achieved by students at particular points in their schooling. Diagnostic assessment determines the nature of the students’ learning and provides appropriate feedback or intervention.
To ensure effective Assessment practices are in operation, St Saviour’s Primary School ensures appropriate processes are in place for the following purposes:
At St Saviour’s Primary School, we make use of appropriate assessment information from multiple sources to form and drive teaching and learning. As a whole-of-school approach, it is characterised by openness and collaboration and involve systematic collection and analysis of evidence of student learning as well as appropriate monitoring and reporting of student progress. Some of the procedures to ensure this occurs at St Saviour’s Primary include:
1. Collection of Evidence and Data
2. Recording Data
3. Analysis of Data
4. Student Improvement- Feedback
5. Reporting of Student Progress
6. Monitoring and Tracking Procedures
St Saviour’s Primary School report twice yearly using a five-point scale in all learning areas. Other areas such as student attributes, effort and attendance will also be included in the Report.
Reporting is a process, not simply a report card. No single method, such as a twice yearly written report, can be left to carry the whole burden of reporting student progress each year. At St Saviour’s Primary School, we believe the most effective reporting occurs when various approaches are used throughout the year. Parents are also encouraged to contact their child’s teacher at any time throughout the year to discuss their child’s learning at a time convenient to teachers and parents.
The following is an overview of the reporting process that is currently used at St Saviour’s Primary School.