Assessment and Reporting
At St Monica’s
College, assessment is very much part of the learning process and is woven into
everyday classroom activities where its primary purpose is to improve student
learning. The teaching and learning program incorporates a variety of assessment
practices that cater for different types of learners and allows all students to
achieve success and to demonstrate what they know and can do.
Opportunities are provided for students to be involved in the assessment process
and in self and peer assessment in order to encourage higher order thinking and
to motivate students to take increasing responsibility for their learning.
Teachers take time in class to discuss learning and to model reflective
questions and journal entries. They work with students to ensure they understand
how to complete assessment tasks and their purpose. Students are provided with
assessment criteria or assessment rubrics prior to beginning major tasks.
Assessment products range from performance based assessment such as role plays
or demonstrations, to various types of written tasks including poetry, charts,
speeches and reports, to visual and oral tasks or assessments incorporating the
use of technology. The ongoing collection of accurate and effective assessment
data assists teachers in planning appropriate teaching and learning programs and
provides students and parents with regular feedback about students’ learning.
The formative assessment that is embedded in the day to day teaching and
learning program is supplemented by more traditional, summative assessment at
the end of each semester when students undertake tests and examinations.
Feedback is provided to students and parents by means of Criteria Sheets and
Assessment Rubrics, through formal Interim Reports at the end of Terms 1 and 3
and Semester Reports at the end of Terms 2 and 4. The College is committed to
working with parents to encourage and support students in their learning and
there is provision for both formal and informal communication via students’
planners, by telephone contact and by means of regular Parent Teacher Interviews
and information nights.