REPORTS AND ASSESSMENT
All Year 7-11 students will receive six Student Progress Reports across the school year, whilst Year 12 students will receive five. The first report for the year will be in week 7 and includes assessment scores from weeks 1-6. You will receive five more Progress Reports for the year; in week 14, week 20, week 27, week 33 and at the end of the year (EOY). Year 12 students will not receive an EOY.
Over the course of the year, students will be following their progress in each subject. We hope that reporting on progress more frequently will give students, families and teachers the opportunity to celebrate each student’s strengths, develop learning plans for improvement as well as discuss issues as and when they arise. We would also like to encourage parents and families to contact sub-school coordinator’s or sub-school leaders to discuss any aspect of their child’s learning and wellbeing throughout the year.
Each subject is represented in a graph as outlined below, with the subject name above and teacher listed underneath. On the vertical axis percentage values are displayed whilst the horizontal axis identifies which reporting cycle has been assessed.
English and Mathematics also identify the Victorian Curriculum level that each student has been working at during that reporting cycle. This varies depending on each student’s individualised learning needs.
For more detail on what each class has been studying and the assessments that have contributed to each subjects achievement score you should refer to our assessment guides. Please click on the following link to access the latest assessment guide.
How to read the Progress Reports
There are four components to each Progress Report which are described and pictured below:
1. My Goal (highlighted in yellow): Your child negotiates a goal they believe they can achieve (in regards to academic assessment) with their teacher. The goal is recorded on the report and reflects the score your child is aiming for in that subject. The goal may change over the course of the year dependent on the student’s progress.
2. Achievement Score (red square): The gold dot indicates your child’s achievement score for the subject at that time. Teachers will make an on balance judgement about each student’s achievement, informing you and your child about how they are performing in that subject. Over the year you will be able to follow the progress of your child’s achievement in each subject.
3. Attitude and Effort Score: The dark blue bar shows your child’s score for attitude and effort in the subject. Over the year you will be able to follow the progress of your child’s attitude and effort in each subject.
4. School’s Expected Level of Achievement: The shaded light blue band across each progress report indicated the expected level of achievement of Ararat College. This is set at 60-80% for every subject and should be used as a guide of our expectations for all students.
Victorian Curriculum Assessment:
Students in Year 7-10 will be assessed against the Victorian curriculum at the end of each semester. This is on the final page of the reports.
Year 10, 11 and 12:
At the end of each semester (week 20 and EOY) Year 10, 11 and 12 students who are studying VCE subjects will also receive a Satisfactory “S” or an Unsatisfactory “N” score for each subject.
For VCE subjects:
“S” means all outcomes as specified in the study design have been satisfactorily achieved.
“N” means that not all outcomes have been achieved or there was a breach of attendance rules.
"IP" means assessment for that unit is still in progress.
The scores will be recorded in multiples of 10 on a percentage scale and reflect assessments conducted internally. If you are unsure why data is missing from a subject area please contact your child’s year level coordinator for an explanation.
Unit 3 & 4 Achievement Scores: It is important to remember when understanding your child’s achievement score in any Unit 3 & 4 subject that this is not calculated solely on SAC results but based on the items listed in the assessment guides. Any scores provided for SAC’s may change as a part of the VCAA statistical moderation process.
For Student Progress Reports teachers will make an on-balance judgment about each student’s achievement in each subject. They will draw on Victorian Curriculum assessment standards, classroom observation, each student’s contribution to work in class, as well as from a range of assessment tasks outlined in the Assessment Guides below.