Assessment is central to all teaching and learning experiences and it is critical that all stakeholders - students, parents and teachers have as much knowledge as possible about a student’s development. Assessment is designed to improve student learning, monitor effectiveness of programs and provide future directions. There needs to be a clear understanding of the reasons for assessment, what is being assessed, the criteria for success and the tools used to make consistent judgements.
Assessment and reporting takes into account both the mandated requirements of Victorian F-10 Curriculum and the perspectives of the Primary Years programme (PYP).
Glenroy West teachers strive to provide opportunities for students to construct meaning through structured inquiry, emphasising connections between subject specific knowledge and the Approaches to Teaching and Learning (ATLs, formerly referred to as transdisciplinary skills). These skills are not only essential for any teaching and learning within the classroom but also in life outside the school. The transdisciplinary themes provide a focus for inquiry while literacy and numeracy provide the tools. Feedback should be given to students about their progress and performance on both these areas. In addition students are assessed in other specialist areas such as the Arts, Indonesian, Health and Physical Education, Science and Digital Technologies.
Parent teacher conferences are conducted at the end of Term 1. They are used for the teacher to gain information from the parents about their children. They also provide teachers with an opportunity to let parents know how their child has settled into the class environment, discuss their successes and raise any issues.
These conferences are conducted at the beginning of Term 3 after the students have received their mid-year reports. Student led conferences involve students sharing and discussing their work with their parents/carers, using portfolios and other work samples. They encourage students to reflect on themselves as learners and share the responsibility of informing parents.
Portfolios reflect the learning journey of students and are designed to demonstrate successes, growth, thinking and reflection. Both teachers and students play a role in selecting the relevant work samples. Portfolios may include self, peer and teacher assessments.
The PYP Exhibition is the culminating experience for students in an International Baccalaureate PYP school. It occurs in Grade 6 as an extended inquiry into a real life issue, shared and celebrated by the whole community. The transdisciplinary inquiry includes all the elements of the PYP.
The mandated Student Reports are sent home twice a year, at the end of Term 2 and Term 4. The reports give parents a clear picture of their child’s progress against expected state wide standards using a scale.
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