Assessment

Assessment and reporting are essential and integral parts of teaching and learning at Shalom College.

An electronic assessment calendar is maintained for all year levels in all subjects by the Learning Area Coordinators. The assessment calendar details all assessment items planned for all students. It is available to students, parents and teachers via the College intranet (login required).

Assessment

All students engage a rich variety of assessment tasks that are a logical extension of teaching and learning. Assessment tasks include supervised examinations and assignments (written, research based, practical and/or performance) completed substantially in the student's own time.

Students also sit standardised diagnostic tests in literacy and numeracy in Years 7, 8 and 9 and the Queensland Core Skills Test in Year 12.

Students, parents and teachers may search, view and print any student's assessment schedule via the College intranet site at any time. Updates to the assessment calendar are made periodically (usually at the beginning of each semester). The electronic assessment calendar expresses due dates in terms of the week beginning. Teachers advise students of actual due dates within two weeks of scheduled dates.

Formal examination periods are communicated via the College Calendar, the newsletter and the College website and include:

  • Semester One – end of Term One (Years Eleven and Twelve) and end of Semester (Years Eleven and Twelve)
  • Semester Two – end of Term Three (Year Eleven and Twelve) and end of Semester (Years Ten, Eleven and Twelve)

Reporting

Reporting at Shalom College includes:

  • Parent information evenings
  • Newsletters
  • Student information booklets
  • Course overviews
  • Unit outlines
  • Assessment calendars
  • Assessment task sheets
  • Portfolios and profiling
  • Standardised literacy and numeracy test results (ACER-MYAT for Year 8 and NAPLAN for Years 7 & 9)
  • Shalom College website
  • Shalom College intranet services (including access to individual Class Pages)
  • Parent/teacher interviews
  • Written reports

Formal reporting is done at the end of each semester. The end of semester report is a formal communication with parents indicating student achievement within subjects against subject specific criteria in the current semester.

Interim reports are also issued to students towards the end of Term One each year. The interim report is a semi-formal communication with parents outlining student progress (academic achievement) and application (behaviour and effort) during term one.

Formal reporting in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 emphasises individual progress in terms of A to E standards and strategies for improvement. This is in response to three questions commonly asked by parents in relation to teaching and learning, i.e.

  • How is my child progressing?
  • Is my child's progress normal?
  • What can be done to improve my child's learning?

For formal reporting in Years 11 and 12 an A+ through E- is used as an indicator of specific performance against subject criteria summarized as an overall indicator of progress for the subject. These indicators are supported by a teacher comment.

Parent/teacher interviews

Scheduled parent/teacher interviews are made available at three points throughout the year. Parent/teacher interviews for Year 7 and 8 Core Studies are conducted twice a year (at the beginning of Term Two and Term Four). Scheduled Parent/Teacher interviews for all other year levels and subjects are conducted on an interview day early in Term Two.

The purpose of scheduled parent/teacher interviews is to provide an opportunity for parents to meet with teachers to discuss the progress and learning needs of their children. Whilst scheduled parent/teacher interviews are seen as an important communication between home and school, interviews may be requested by parents or teachers at any time.