Upper & Lower School Assessment Policies

UPPER SCHOOL ASSESSMENT POLICY
(This policy applies to the assessment of all Year 11 and 12 WACE courses
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1                     Student responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the student to:

  • attempt all in-class assessment tasks on the scheduled date and submit all out-of-class assessment tasks by the due date.
  • maintain an assessment file for each pair of units (or unit) studied and to make it available whenever required.
  • maintain a good record of attendance, conduct and progress (a student who is absent from a class for five lessons or more per term is deemed to be ‘at risk’ of not achieving the best possible result).
  • initiate contact with teachers concerning absence from class, missed in-class assessment tasks, requests for extension of the due date for out-of-class assessment tasks and other issues pertaining to assessment.
  • Follow the guidelines for VET assessments and storage as outlined by the VET Coordinator/ VET teachers.

2                     Information provided to students

The teacher will provide the following documents:

  • The SCSA syllabus for the pair of units (or, where a single unit is being studied in Year 11, for that single unit) which includes the grade descriptions.
  • A course outline for the pair of units (or unit or semester) that shows:
  • The content from the syllabus in the sequence in which it will be taught.
  • The approximate time allocated to teach each section of content from the syllabus.
  • An assessment outline for the pair of units (or unit) that includes:
  • The number of tasks to be assessed.
  • The approximate timing of each assessment task (i.e. the week in which each assessment task is planned or the start week and submissions week for each out-of-class extended task).
  • The weighting for each assessment task.
  • The weighting for each assessment type, as specified in the assessment table of the syllabus.
  • A general description of each assessment task.
  • An indication of the content covered by each assessment task.

3                     Assessing student achievement

In each pair of units (or unit), a number of assessment tasks occur during the year/semester (including, end of semester exams in all ATAR courses. Some tasks are completed in-class and others are completed out-of-class.

Each task provides evidence of student achievement. The teacher uses the total weighted mark from all assessment tasks when assigning a grade at the completion of the pair of units (or unit).

The requirements for each assessment task will be clearly described in writing (i.e. what the student needs to do, often indicating the steps involved for extended tasks). Wherever appropriate, the criteria against which the task will be marked will also be provided.

Some courses may include assessment tasks to be completed by a group of students. In such cases teachers will use strategies to enable them to assess the performance of each individual in the group. Typically this will be identified in the task (or task brief) provided to the students at the commencement of the task.

4                     Modification of the assessment outline

When a student’s specific education needs do not allow them to complete a particular assessment task, the teacher may modify the task in consultation with the Head of Learning Area (HoLA)/teacher-in-charge. An individual education plan will be developed showing any modifications to the assessment outline for the pair of units (or unit). This can only occur through the HoLA and follow the WACE guidelines.

When a student’s cultural beliefs do not enable them to complete a particular assessment task, the teacher may modify this task in consultation with the HoLA. An individual education plan will be developed showing any modifications to the assessment outline for the pair of units (or unit).

When a student’s personal circumstances limit his/her capacity to complete a particular assessment task, the teacher, may vary the submission date (see Section 8 for details).

If circumstances change during the teaching of a pair of units (or unit), requiring the teacher to make adjustments to scheduled assessment tasks, then students will be notified.

5                     Completion of a pair of units (or unit)

A grade is assigned for each pair of units (or unit) completed. Students are required to:

  • attempt all in-class assessment tasks on the scheduled date
  • submit all out-of-class assessment tasks on or before the due date.

If an assessment task cannot be submitted directly to the teacher it is to be submitted to the HoLA who will provide a ‘Submission of assessment task’ slip.

Where health issues or other personal circumstances may prevent a student completing an in-class assessment task, the student (or the parent/guardian) must discuss the matter with the teacher at the earliest opportunity before the scheduled date. The school will determine whether the reason is acceptable (see Section 8 for details).

For an out-of-class assessment task submitted after the due date or not submitted, where the student does not provide a reason, which is acceptable to the school (see Section 8 for details), the following penalties apply for late submission:

  • 10% reduction in the mark per day for a period of 5 school days, after which a zero grade will be submitted.

For a missed in-class assessment task, where the student does not provide a reason which is acceptable to the HoLA (see Section 8 for details), the student will receive a mark of zero.

Where the reason for not submitting an assessment task or attending a scheduled in-class assessment task is acceptable to the school the student’s assessment outline will, where possible, be modified and a grade assigned.

If a student does not submit an out-of-class assessment task or attend a scheduled in-class assessment task, without providing an acceptable reason, the teacher will contact the parent/guardian to discuss the possible impact of the penalty on the student’s grade and negotiate actions to prevent this re-occurring.

6                     Acceptable reasons for non-completion or non-submission

Family holidays during the term or examination period are not considered a valid reason for non-completion or non-submission of assessment tasks.  In exceptional circumstances and with sufficient notification, after consultation with the classroom teacher and HoLA, students may apply for a variation in the conditions for assessment.

Under extra-ordinary circumstances students may need to apply to the subject HoLA for a variation in the conditions for an assessment. These may include unforeseen illness, injury or significant personal circumstances preventing the students from attending on the day of the in class assessment. This must be supported by a medical certificate and/or full written explanation from the parent. Non-medical reasons will need to then be approved by the HoLA and should this occur the school will endeavor to reschedule the planned assessment through the HoLA.

 

Events that can be rescheduled are not a valid reason for non-completion or non-submission of an assessment task (e.g. sitting a driver’s license test or family holidays). In exceptional circumstances, the parent/guardian may negotiate with the relevant Deputy, who after consultation with the HoLA, develop an individual education plan. This plan will show how the missed lesson time will be compensated for and any modifications to the assessment outline for each pair of units (or unit).

Where a catastrophic event (e.g. a pandemic) affects delivery of the teaching program, the completion or submission of one or more assessment tasks and/or completion of the school’s examination timetable, students will be advised by the school of modifications to the task requirements and/or the assessment outline.

7                     School examinations

A written examination will be held in all ATAR courses during Semester 1 and Semester 2. Examinations may be scheduled for General courses where considered appropriate by the HoLA. Exams are included in the assessment outline for the pair of units (or, where a single unit is being studied, for that single unit).

A practical/performance/oral exam will also be held in those ATAR courses with a practical, performance or oral ATAR examination.

All school examination rules and requirements will apply, students will be given a copy of the examination rules and requirements prior to each examination period.

8                     Cheating, collusion and plagiarism

Students must not cheat (i.e. engage in a dishonest act to gain an unfair advantage).

All work in each individual assessment task must be the work of the student. Students are not permitted to submit for marking, as original, any work which contains:

  • Identical or similar material to the work of another person (e.g. another student, a parent, a tutor)
  • Identical, or similar material to a published work unless the source is acknowledged in referencing or footnotes.

If a student is believed to have engaged in cheating, collusion or plagiarism, the teacher will refer the matter to the relevant HoLA, responsible for the course. As part of this process, the student will be provided with the right of reply.

If it is demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that a student has cheated, colluded or plagiarised, one of the following penalties will apply:

  • A mark of zero for the whole assessment task, or
  • A mark of zero for the part of the assessment task where the teacher can identify that the work is not the student’s own.

No programmable devices e.g. watch (other than approved calculators) will be permitted for in class assessments and examinations.

The parent/guardian will be informed of the penalty and any further disciplinary action.

 

LOWER SCHOOL ASSESSMENT POLICY

Student responsibilities:

  • To follow each subject assessment outline and record the results in your diary.
  • To follow exam procedures carefully.
  • To complete all class work to achieve the best grade possible.
  • To meet all deadlines: this will assist your learning.
  • To negotiate extensions with teachers before due date or marks will be deducted for lateness. The maximum late submission of work is one week.
  • To catch up with any work you have missed as the result of an absence.
  • To provide medical evidence or a note when major assessments are missed due to absence.
  • To understand that regular absences from class will limit your achievement.
  • To ensure all work is referenced where appropriate, and in your own words.
  • To follow the school’s IT policy appropriately on any networked device.
  • To discuss each semester report with your parents

 Parental responsibilities:

  • To establish an effective study routine at home for your child.
  • To ensure where possible, that family holidays are NOT taken in term time.

 Teacher responsibilities:

  • Remind students the new Lower School Assessment Policy is in the school organiser.
  • Distribute Course and Assessment outlines to all students.
  • Remember security of assessment tasks is important.
  • Encourage students to complete work in class where possible.
  • Remind students to use the school organiser calendar to plan for busy assessment times.
  • Contact parents when poor attendance is impacting on classroom achievement.

 Admin responsibilities:

  • Reinforce new LS assessment policy at assemblies.
  • Upload the new policy to the school web page.