Assessment & Reporting Cycle

Assessment of Children

Assessment is part of the teaching and learning cycle. It is used to inform the teacher of student understanding; provide explicit criteria about the quality of the student’s work and it is used to provide feedback to students and is used to modify teaching and learning experiences.

Some examples of assessment procedures include:

  • annotated work samples
  • individual profiling of student learning
  • student self-assessment
  • anecdotal records
  • running records
  • standardised and teacher generated tests

Teachers keep detailed individual learning profiles, including samples of the children’s work.

Reporting to Parents Regarding Children’s Progress

Communication between school and parents is considered to be of utmost importance in the education of the child. At St Bernard’s, the following process will assist this in a systematic way.

Parent Information Evening

This evening provides an opportunity for parents and teachers to meet and discuss hopes and expectations for the year as a group. Teachers explain their routines and programs to parents who are encouraged to contribute in any way possible.

Student Assessment

Assessment is an integral part of the teaching and learning cycle. Assessments are gathered throughout the term in a variety of ways and made available to parents at any time. They contain representative samples of student’s work and indications of progress and achievement against syllabus standards or against individual learning goals. Assessment provides the teacher with information regarding further learning.

Parent / Teacher Interviews

Interviews are scheduled for parents during Throughout the year. These provide an opportunity for parents and teachers to share perceptions about the child’s learning and to jointly work at solving any problems that may be evident. Interviews may be initiated by either parents or teachers on a needs basis throughout the year.

End of Year Written Report

The end of the year report will provide the parents with a written overview of their child’s progress in all areas of the curriculum through the year.

In addition to the outlined formal processes, other opportunities for teacher/parent communication are:

  • Term curriculum notes
  • Interviews arranged by either teacher or parent to discuss a mutual concern.
  • Parents are encouraged to make an appointment at any time throughout the year to discuss any aspects of their child’s learning and development.