Assessment and Reporting
Teachers at St Patrick’s continuously monitor and assess students’ progress against the learning standards of the Victorian Curriculum. Assessment of student learning is spread across the year following the school-wide Assessment Schedule. We believe that tracking student growth across the year and through the years provides us with an increased ability to build each student’s learning narrative. Our assessment schedule is a mix of specific standardised literacy and numeracy assessments and teacher designed assessments.
Other ongoing assessments include observations, samples of work, pre and post assessments for a learning sequence, and student self-reflections, make up the body of evidence teachers use to track student learning.
Teachers provide students with regular feedback in order that each student knows how he or she is going and their next step. The sense of continual growth is important for children to know why and how they are being challenged and to celebrate their successes.
Student reports are prepared and sent home at the end of Terms 2 and 4. These reports indicate to students and parents how the child is progressing against the Victorian standards. The report is accompanied by the student’s Assessment Portfolio.
Parent teacher interviews are held early in Term 1 and at the end of Term 2 – parents, teachers and students meet to identify individual needs. Parents can request a meeting at any time throughout the year to discuss specific issues of their child’s learning.
National Testing Program (NAPLAN)
Students in Years 3 and 5 undertake the National Literacy and Mathematics tests in May of each year. A comprehensive report is sent home to each parent in August, which provides parents with further indication of how their students are progressing compared with children across the nation.