We use portfolios to celebrate and recognise student learning in all areas. It is a record of process, product and progress throughout the year. Choosing what goes into the portfolio involves both teachers and students. The emphasis changes as the students move from Preschool through Grade 12, in order to display the increasing ability of each student’s self-reflection process. The portfolio is also used as a tool for student-led conferences. Portfolio maintenance is an on-going assessment.
Three-way conferences in Primary are scheduled within the first three weeks of the academic year. This allows the homeroom teacher to get to know the parents and establish a partnership to support each student’s learning, along with gaining insight into a student’s hopes, fears, strengths and areas for improvement.
Across the whole school, a three-way conference is scheduled around October. The purpose of the three-way conference is for teacher, students and parents to meet and discuss the student’s strengths, areas for improvement, and to set goals that they can work towards for the rest of the year.
Parents of students are invited to visit the school and share in their child’s learning; they are student-led. Student-led conferences take place throughout all grade levels and form an integral part of our reporting process.
- Enabling students to take ownership of their learning
- Reaffirming their learning through sharing it with others
- Involving parents and teachers in ongoing evaluation and communication
- Enhancing self esteem in students
- Celebrating learning
Primary School reports are shared at the conclusion of each Unit of Inquiry, and provide an overview of the student’s achievement on the knowledge and skills covered. Up to six reports each year are shared with Grade 1-5. Progress for Nursery and Preschool students is reported within their portfolios and handed to parents at the end of the academic year.
Secondary School reports are provided for all students from Grade 6-11 three times a year. Grade 12 are issued two due to them finishing earlier than the other years. Throughout the year each student receives a settling-in report, progress report and end of year report. Access to student grades, feedback and progress is available to parents at any time via Managebac.
Grade 3 through to Grade 10 participate in the ISA tests every February, which are run by the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER). The test is administered in over 500 international schools around the world. It is one of many assessment tools we use to gauge how well our students are progressing as an individuals, but also compared to other students globally.
The tests focus on mathematical problem solving, reading comprehension skills and writing. There is no set planning for these tests, but teachers will prepare students by running a series of practice tests. The best way parents can help prepare children for these tests is to ensure they don’t feel too pressured into doing well and to make sure they have plenty of sleep. It is highly important that all students from Grade 3 – Grade 11 attend school on these days to ensure that they participate.
DP students undergo a number of assessments that are used to measure the extent to which they have mastered a variety of academic skills. These assessments come in the form of essays, structured problems, case-study questions, fieldwork, oral work, lab skills, investigations in maths, and performances.
Advanced academic skills include:
- Analysing and presenting information
- Evaluating and constructing arguments
- Solving problems creatively
Basic skills are also assessed, which include:
- Retaining knowledge
- Understanding key concepts
- Applying standard methods