Effective assessment and reporting is integral to the provision of quality learning and teaching at St Patrick's. Based on the principle that all students can learn, quality assessment and reporting practices recognise that children must be provided with appropriate opportunities to demonstrate their achievements. Students are entitled to meaningful feedback regarding their learning, to be challenged, to take responsibility for their own learning and to be motivated to achieve their full potential.
The school recognises the importance of partnership in education. Comprehensive and regular reporting to parents is important to parental support of student learning. supporting parents in guiding their child’s learning and educational choices. Reporting to key stakeholders is crucial in building a culture of accountability and shared responsibility within our school community.
Reporting occurs through class letters outlining each term’s course of study, parent information evenings, newsletter articles, children’s books taken home each term and parent/teacher/student learning conferences. For Years 1 – 6, written reports are provided at the end of Terms 2 and 4 with an opportunity for parent/teacher/student learning conferences after distribution. Kindergarten classes provide an oral report at the end of Term 2 and a written report at the end of Term 4.
Primary students in Year 3 and Year 5 participate in the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) in May each year. NAPLAN is a part of the National Assessment Program (NAP) and how governments, education authorities and schools can determine whether young Australians are reaching important educational goals.
Students are assessed using common national tests in four areas (or 'domains'): Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy.
NAPLAN tests skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time, through the school curriculum. It tests the types of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life.
The school and parents are provided with a written report in late Term 3. The data of all students is analysed by the school to inform learning and teaching, to focus on professional learning and develops targets for improvement.
For more information, visit the National Assessment Program (NAP) website.
The transition from the current paper-based tests to computer-based assessments is currently underway in schools across the country – including at St Patrick's. NAPLAN Online will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information. The assessments can run through a real-time internet connection or onscreen without an internet connection.
More information about NAPLAN Online on the NAP website and in the 'Understanding NAPLAN Online' video below. Our Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong NAPLAN Online Support Site also provides information about about NAPLAN Online for parents and carers in CEDoW schools.