Teachers at St Columba’s continuously monitor and assess students’ progress against the learning standards of the Victorian Curriculum. Teachers use specific standardised literacy and numeracy assessments at the beginning and end of each year by which the school can track children’s overall progress.
Other ongoing assessments including observations, samples of work before, during and at the end of a learning sequence, and student self-reflections, make up the body of evidence teachers use to track student learning.
Teachers provide students with regular feedback in order that each student knows how he or she is going and their next step. The sense of continual growth is important for children to know why and how they are being challenged and to celebrate their successes.
Parent teacher exchange meetings are held in February, when parents and teachers meet to discuss individual students. Parent-teacher interviews are held at the beginning of Term 3 to discuss achievements, progress and future goals. Parents can request a meeting at any time throughout the year to discuss specific issues of their child’s learning.
Student reports are prepared and sent home at the end of Terms 2 and 4. These reports indicate to students and parents how the child is progressing against the Victorian standards. The report is accompanied by written comments.
National Testing program (NAPLAN)
Students in Years 3 and 5 undertake the National Literacy and Mathematics tests in May of each year.
A comprehensive report is sent home to each parent in August, which provides parents with further indication of how their students are progressing compared with children across the nation.