This policy is provided to all Year 7-10 students, parents and staff. Should a situation arise that is not covered by the provisions of this policy the student, parent or teacher should consult their Head of Learning Area for assistance and to ensure consistency.
The application of this policy may vary according to a specific Learning Area context. Each Learning Area may have specific assessment guidelines that sit underneath this policy. Students and parents will be advised in advance of any adjustments to either the school or Learning Area policies.
This policy should be read in conjunction with the:
Willetton Senior High School implements the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline www.scsa.wa.edu.au to meet the learning needs of all students.
The Western Australian Curriculum is delivered in accordance with the Principles of Teaching, Learning and Assessment.
Assessment is used to;
It is the responsibility of the student to;
It is the responsibility of the teacher to;
It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to;
Students will be given meaningful feedback as soon as practical after the completion of an assessment task (both informal and formal assessments).
Parents can request, through the class teacher, information on how a student’s achievement compares with the student’s peer group at the school.
Where a student’s disability, specific education needs or cultural beliefs will significantly affect their access to an assessment task the teacher may adjust the task in consultation with the relevant Head of Learning Area.
Teachers employ a broad range of strategies to obtain information about their students’ skills and understandings and plan for future learning. These range from asking questions during a lesson to giving a formal standardised assessment.
In each course, a range of tasks provide evidence of student achievement. The teacher uses this task information, and their professional knowledge, to make judgements about student achievement.
The requirements for each formal assessment task will be clearly described in writing (i.e. what the student needs to do, often indicating the steps involved for extended tasks). The criteria against which the task will be marked will be provided with the task.
For some students, differentiation of the curriculum is required to cater for their individual learning needs. If there is a legitimate reason for a student to be following a modified curriculum (for example, gifted and talented students, students with a disability and additional learning needs etc), the variations are negotiated with the student and his/her parents/carers and the decisions made are documented (for example, a documented Individual Education Plan). This is done by the relevant school staff such as the Learning and Curriculum Support Staff or Program Coordinator.
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. The assessment provides parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. These tests are administered under examination conditions at Willetton SHS, usually in Week 3 and 4 of Term 2, as determined by the Department of Education.
NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process – it does not replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance. NAPLAN also provides schools, education authorities and governments with information about how education programs are working and whether young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy.
The OLNA is an online literacy and numeracy assessment. It is designed to enable students to successfully meet the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) requirement of demonstrating the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy.
Students who have achieved Band 8 or higher in any of the three components of reading, writing and numeracy in Year 9 NAPLAN are acknowledged as having demonstrated proficiency in that component and will not be required to sit the corresponding OLNA test. OLNA support classes help students prepare and have the greatest chance of success.
Two rounds of assessment are administered each year at Willetton Senior High School – March and September, as determined by the Department of Education. Students are required to continue undertaking the support classes and assessment until they have demonstrated the standard.
Willetton Senior High School reports student achievement;
Formal reports are issued at the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2. Willetton Senior High School reports include;
A Excellent The student demonstrates excellent achievement of what is expected for this year level.
B High The student demonstrates high achievement of what is expected for this year level.
C Satisfactory The student demonstrates satisfactory achievement of what is expected for this year level.
D Limited The student demonstrates limited achievement of what is expected for this year level.
E Very Low The student demonstrates very low achievement of what is expected for this year level.
Often, Sometimes, Seldom and Not Assessed
A parent teacher interview day where parents can discuss their child’s progress and/or view work samples and portfolios is held in Term 1 for Years 7, 11 and 12 and in Term 2 for Years 8, 9 and 10.
Throughout the course of the year parents will be notified of their child’s progress. This information will be provided to parents through one of the following methods;
Students and parents will be informed when it is identified that there is a risk of;
If there is a legitimate reason for a student to be following a modified curriculum (as outlined in section 7 above), in consultation with parents/carers, WSHS will report on a student’s progress/achievement in terms of the modified curriculum.
If a student is absent from class, their ability to achieve to their potential is diminished. Extended absence frequently results in lower levels of achievement, or assessment requirements not being met.
Unauthorised absence from a scheduled assessment task (including tests and examinations) must be explained by one of the following:
Satisfactory explanation of the absence may enable the student to complete that assessment task, or a similar task. Wherever possible, advance notification to the class teacher of absence is required. If a student is absent on the due date for submission of an assessment item, it is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements for submission.
Where a student is unable to attend school for a lengthy period due to injury or illness, the school will endeavour to provide support to the student’s learning program.
Students will be provided with an opportunity to present evidence supporting their reason for not completing or not submitting an assessment task by the due date. The teacher and Head of Learning Area will decide whether or not the reason for non-completion or late submission is acceptable and will apply an appropriate strategy.
Strategies for non-completion or late submission of work may include;
If a student has been provided with the opportunity to complete the assessment requirements for a course but does not use this opportunity a consequent marks reduction could apply. This is a last resort and teachers will develop strategies to gather evidence in advance, such as class work or drafts so that students can be marked based on their knowledge of the outcomes.
Parents/guardians will be notified if the student is deemed to be at risk of receiving a significantly lower grade than expected as a result of non-completion or late submission of work.
Generally, it will not be possible for students to gain an extension to deadlines. Application for an extension must be in advance of the due date and should be submitted in writing, before the due date of submission, and signed by a parent/guardian. Extensions may then be given at the discretion of a teacher in cases of illness or significant personal problems. If a student does not apply for and receive an extension, a consequent marks reduction could apply to a task.
When attending examinations, students must adhere to the regulations for that examination. Details of regulations are on the school website. Infringement of regulations will result in an appropriate penalty.
Students must attend scheduled examinations. In exceptional circumstances, alternative arrangements may be negotiated through the relevant Head of Learning Area before the examination date. If a student is ill on the day of an examination, the relevant teacher should be advised by telephone or email and a medical certificate provided on return to school. Participating in family holidays or similar activities will not be accepted as an exceptional circumstance.
Willetton Senior High School will ensure that students with special educational needs are catered for in an appropriate way and in accordance with School Curriculum and Standards Authority guidelines.