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Assessment and Reporting

square assessmentAssessing is the process of collecting, analysing and recording information about student progress towards achievement of syllabus outcomes.  An important purpose of assessment is to design appropriate learning programs for all students.

Assessment is used for learning, to identify the areas the child needs to develop.  It is also used at the end of a program of work to establish the child's knowledge, skills and understanding.

Reporting at St Thomas Aquinas involves a parent/teacher interview at the end of Term 1 and a mid-year report at the end of Term 2.  There is also a final report and possible interview at the end of the year.

Student assessments are reported on a graded A-E scale. This feedback is directed to the achievement of standards and away from comparisons with peers.  It is not an indicator of potential, but rather of how evidence from assessments and observations meet the stated criteria.

The Common Grade Scale shown below can be used to report student achievement in both primary and junior secondary years in all NSW schools.

The Common Grade Scale describes performance at each of five grade levels.

A

The student has an extensive knowledge and understanding of the content and can readily apply this knowledge. In addition, the student has achieved a very high level of competence in the processes and skills and can apply these skills to new situations.

B

The student has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the content and a high level of competence in the processes and skills. In addition, the student is able to apply this knowledge and these skills to most situations.

C

The student has a sound knowledge and understanding of the main areas of content and has achieved an adequate level of competence in the processes and skills.

D

The student has a basic knowledge and understanding of the content and has achieved a limited level of competence in the processes and skills.

E

The student has an elementary knowledge and understanding in few areas of the content and has achieved very limited competence in some of the processes and skills.