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Testing and assessment

Your child's academic and social progress is continually evaluated by your child's teacher.  The process the teachers use is to accumulate information in the form of work samples, checklists, relevant comments and so on.  The teachers use this information to assist them in planning learning experiences that are suitable to the whole class and to individual children.

It is our intention to have discussions about your child's academic and social progress as an ongoing process; that is, something that doesn't happen twice a year at report card time, but something that happens continually through the year.

Therefore, the parent/s role in this is to approach your child's teacher concerning his/her progress.  It is advisable to commence this early in the school year. There may be things peculiar to your child's progress that should be mentioned e.g. health problems; learning style; learning difficulties; and so on. Then, during the year, this should be followed up by as many visits as you deem to be necessary (e.g. problems with homework, etc).

The teacher's role is to discuss your child's progress at these meetings. In addition, the teacher may invite you, the parent, to come to school for a meeting, especially if he/she has a concern with your child's progress.

If both parents work, and you cannot discuss your child's progress in a face-to-face situation with your child's teacher, then we would certainly support the idea of a telephone conversation with your child's teacher.  However, this would be restricted to times before school, lunch time or after school.

Formal Reporting

The following reporting procedures will be used.

At the end of Term 1, an interim statement concerning your child's behaviour and attitude will be prepared by the teachers and the teachers or you may request a meeting at this time.  At the end of Semester 1, a formal written report for Years 1 to 7 is completed.  Your class teacher will be pleased to discuss this report with you at a mutually agreeable time.

At the end of the year, the Semester 2 written report will be prepared for Prep to Year 6.  The report card will be sent home in the last week of school.  Parent/ teacher meetings are welcomed but may not be essential at this time.

National assessment program

The national assessment program in literacy and numeracy (NAPLAN) is the process whereby governments, educational authorities and schools determine how well students are meeting important educational outcomes. These tests for Years 3, 5 and 7 are held in over a 3 day period in May each year.

A NAPLAN report is issued later in the year and will provide information as to how your child compares with other students on a national achievement scale. Parents/ carers can access a brochure (PDF, 720 KB) which provides detailed information on how to interpret the report.