Testing & Assessment

Assessment

Assessment is the purposeful, systematic and ongoing collection of evidence and its use in making judgements about students demonstrated learning against criteria. All students are required to adhere to the guidelines outlined.

Each student is able to download  a personalised  assessment calendar indicating  check dates and due dates early  in each semester.

Judgements of student responses to assessment instruments are made using standards associated with Exit Criteria.

All assessment will have a task sheet indicating:

  • Criteria
  • Standards
  • Check dates/draft dates
  • Due date
  • Acknowledgement that this is the student’s own work

Staff  progressively  monitor  and  gather  evidence  of  student  progress  throughout  the assessment period and before the due date.
Evidence may include class work, collected drafts, rehearsal notes, photographs of work, teacher observations.

Consequences

Should a student fail to submit required work at check dates:

  • The teacher will contact the parent – by letter or telephone.
  • The student is required to work with the class teacher during lunch sessions until required draft work is complete.
  • Head of Department will be informed.

Should a student fail to submit required work at due date:

  • The teacher will contact the parent – by letter or telephone.
  • Student is to complete work during the lesson and submit for marking.
  • Draft work plus other evidence of work will be marked by the teacher and recorded on student profile.
  • Judgements can only be made using evidence available on or before the due date.
  • In the event that no evidence is submitted, a standard cannot be awarded and the student will not be rated.
  • This could affect the student’s QCE & OP eligibility in the senior school.

SAT students
Have the responsibility to complete all assessment requirements for school subjects by the due dates, including attendance at timetabled exams and assessment sessions.

Extensions
If an extension to due date is required application must be made to the Head of Department (Year 10, 11 & 12) or teacher (Year 8 & 9) prior to the due date.
Forms  requesting  an  extension  to  the  due  date  are  available  from  Heads  of Department.

Special  provision  may  be  granted  on  individual  basis.  An  appointment  with  a Guidance Officer is required in this instance.

Absences for Assessment

Written Assessment Tasks
Students should send work to the school via email , parent or another person. If this is not possible student/parent should contact the teacher.
Students absent from school on check or final dates must see their teacher the day they return to school with evidence of absence in the form of a medical certificate, note or other suitable documentation.

Oral Assessment Tasks
Students should send scripts to the school via email , parent or another person
If this is not possible student/parent should contact the teacher.
Students absent from school on check or final dates must see their teacher the day they return to school with evidence of absence in the form of a medical certificate, note or other suitable documentation.
An alternate time to complete the assessment task will be set by the Head of Department or teacher.

Written Tests and Exams
Students absent from school on the day of tests and exams must see their teacher the day they return to school with evidence of absence in the form of a medical certificate, note or other suitable documentation.
The student will complete the same or alternate assessment task in the next lesson.

Verifying Student Ownership of Work

Plagiarism is the taking and using of another persons’ thoughts, writings, inventions, ideas or research as one’s own work and is a breach of copyright.  Consequences for a breach of academic ethics shall be determined by the Head of Department in consultation with the administration.  Consequences will depend on the degree of the breach  of  academic  ethics  and  the  year  level  involved.    Consequences  for  senior students will be more severe.  Consequences may include:  awarding a grade based on the work that the student is known to have completed, undertaking new assessment, or failure for that piece or unit of work.

Assessment Decisions Appeal Process

Initial concerns should be addressed with the classroom teacher. Subsequent appeals should be addressed with relevant evidence to support the claim to the Head of Department for consideration.

 

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