Assessment involves the ongoing collection of information about what students know and can do in relation to the Queensland and National Curriculum. The standards indicate how well a student has achieved the essential learnings. Each standard contains a number of assessable elements and descriptors based on an A to E grading.
Achieving a ‘c’ on the report card is considered a sound level of achievement. In other words, ‘c’ should be celebrated as achieving at the level expected of an average child at this stage of schooling.
Taranganba State School has an Assessment Framework that provides a yearly overview of common assessment tools arranged by year level and is used to monitor student progress across each year level cohort. Targets are incorporated within this document. Formative, diagnostic and summative assessment is evident in all classrooms and is planned, engaging and ongoing.
Assessment practices include a range of instruments and reflect the techniques of observation, consultation, focused analysis and peer and self-assessment. Major assessment tasks are moderated against the standards. Moderation of major assessment tasks is a quality assurance process and an opportunity to enhance teacher and community confidence in results. Moderation occurs in all year levels.
Face to face reporting is offered twice annually, at the end of term one and once more at parent request. In addition, all teachers conduct a class meeting at the start of each year to discuss classroom expectations, programs and curriculum. Formal written reporting is issued twice yearly. A standardised format for Queensland state schools is used, incorporating the five point scale and comments in each key learning area. Students with disabilities may have their written report modified to reflect their learning. Their Individual Learning plan is reviewed twice yearly to meet their particular learning needs, with parents being involved in this process.
In addition to school generated assessment, the Queensland Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting agenda mandates that:
All year 3, and 5 students sit the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) in May. Parents receive a systemically generated report showing their child’s performance in comparison to the National cohort.