Reporting to Parents

posted May 23, 2013, 5:47 PM by Nicky Ryan
Kia ora

Just to remind you that cumulative reports are coming home today for students in Years 4-8 before our interviews next week. The report looks very different to previous reports and lets you know exactly where your child is achieving against the National Standards and based on the overall teacher judgement made by the teachers. You need to view the report card as a progression of learning. The teachers make dependable judgments by:

Observations of the learning process – this comes about through class and group tasks, checking students book work, taking a running record of reading, student peer assessment and focused observations.

Having Learning Conversations with students - gaining evidence by conferencing, interviewing, questioning, explaining and discussing.

Gathering results from using assessment tools in formalised testing situations – examples include the 6 year observations survey, PAT tests and the GloSS and IKAN in Maths. These tests are norm referenced in other words standardised for use across the country not just our school.

We are still using the terms well below, below, at and above to describe children’s level of learning achievement as per the National Standards. Please do not be alarmed and consider your child to be ‘failing’ at school if they are not at level. As a parent you need to know that a child could be:

At the beginning of a level and we would see that they are starting to use the required skills.

They could also be a good solid proficient learner at the level using the skills required with more accuracy than not.

Or they could be above the level by consistently using all the skills and are ready for learning at the next level.

It is very important that you come along to interviews so that your child’s progression of learning can be explained to you – these reports are designed to be talked to.

PAT results and Bell curve

The PAT results are on the report and teachers will talk to these at the interview. In case you would like some background information before the interviews the following make help with explanations:

A PAT stanine score is a standardised measure.  It indicates how a student’s achievement compares to his/her peers nationally.  It is norm based.

If a child remains in the same band he continues to progress at the same rate as his peers.

Any child with an improved stanine rate has therefore progressed at a greater rate than their peers (and obviously this reverses for a decreased stanine).

A PAT test result is just one assessment on any one day and is only a snapshot. The way of questions is also quite different with a multi-choice presentation. NZ students are used to problem solving methods so this can impact. PATs are used to help add to the greater picture of student learning and also helps with groupings and goal setting in the first term. They are an indication of what needs to be attended to in your child's learning.