How children's progress and achievement is assessed
To work out where each child is at in relation to their personal learning goals, expectations within the New Zealand Curriculum and the National Standards, teachers will make an overall teacher judgement using a range of assessments, including:
- What they have seen in the classroom including student’s work.
- Talking about learning with children.
- Children’s assessments of their own and others’ work.
- Results from formal and informal tests or tasks.
Why we report to parents and family
Parents and families have a valuable role to play in supporting what children learn at school. The information the school provides on your child’s progress and achievement will help you to:
- Understand how your child is doing at school.
- Be confident that any learning difficulties are being addressed.
- Track your child’s progress over time.
- Understand what you can do to support your child.
- Be better informed when discussing your child’s education.
How we report to students and parents
Reporting to students and parents includes identifying:
- Progress towards achieving personal learning and social goals.
- Progress and achievement in relation to the N. Z. Curriculum and National Standards.
- The next learning steps.
- Ways you can support your child’s learning at home.
More formal reporting procedures include:
Three-Way Interviews (Student / Parents / Teacher)
- All students Years 1-8 are expected to attend these interviews.
- Students are guided and supported in taking a leading role in these meetings.
- Three-Way interviews are held each March and July for Years 4-8 and around student birthdays and half year for Year 1-3 students.
- Sent home twice each year, these reports provide information on progress and achievement in relation to the national standards for reading writing and mathematics.
- Reports for students in Years 4-8 are sent home in June and December of each year. For students in Years 1-3, reports are sent home around their individual birthdays and half year. ie. Reports are sent home when students are 5½, 6, 6½ etc
Individual Student Books
- Used during 3-way interviews to promote discussion between Child, Parent and Teacher that assist in identifying your child’s next learning steps. From these goals will be established and action plans developed.
- Provide continual feedback for students during the learning process. Identifies what is going well and what the next learning steps are.
- Help to track achievement and learning over time.
- Include some assessed work, some of which are assessed by your child (self-assessment), their classmates (peer assessment) or the teacher. These samples are often in draft form or are a snapshot taken during the learning process. They are not necessarily a finished product.
We will begin to develop individual digital portfolios for students using our Learning Management System (Ultranet) from the beginning of 2014. These will be developed over time and provide students and parents with a wonderful record of their achievements and progress during their time at Timaru South School.