We begin each year in gathering as much information as possible to get to know your child’s strengths and how best to meet their needs. We test the children in areas of Literacy and Numeracy and we also invite parents to share information about their child at a “Getting To Know You Chat”.
Throughout the year, students are assessed daily and weekly by their teachers for the purpose of monitoring their students’ learning, giving them feedback and tracking their progress. This type of assessment is ongoing, formative assessment that happens in the classroom. Information and data is collected by the teacher to inform the teacher’s teaching. It helps the teacher to know what to teach and it helps the students to know what they need to keep practising and learning. We use ACER tests such as PAT-Maths and PAT-Reading, Fountas and Pinnell to track the growth and individual needs of each student.
Another form of assessment is Reporting which is conducted at the end of Term 2 and the end of Term 4. This type of summative assessment done twice yearly, within the classroom, serves the purpose of reporting by the school to parents about the progress and achievements of their child. It is important for parents to read their child’s report and support their child by following what the teacher has suggested for the parents to do at home with their child.
Annual testing of Year 3 and Year 5 students’ levels of achievement in aspects of literacy and numeracy are conducted as part of the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). Parents are given a snapshot of one day’s assessment results. The school uses this information to see how groups of students have improved over the years and what improvements need to be implemented in the future.