End of Semester reports will be released to parents and carers through the PAM portal on Monday 27 June. The format of the reports at Years 7 -10 are outlined below, and the Year 11 and 12 reports include the outcomes completed as per VCAA Unit requirements, as well as any scored assessment results.
Learning dispositions provide a report on your child's approach to their learning at school. A student’s approach to their learning is one of the biggest influences on learning success. As such, the mid-semester and end of semester reports have changed to allow teachers to give feedback on the core learning dispositions we hope to instil in our students for success. As seen in the example below, your child's approach to learning is measured in the frequency they demonstrate the learning dispositions rather than the quality. It is important to note that this is not a teacher's judgment on your child’s academic ability or skill level – this is made through assessment tasks and judgments against the standards.
This area of the report shows the progress your child has made since the previous report against a particular achievement standard, assigned as a score, which reflects where each student is along the relevant learning continuum for all curriculum areas taught during the reporting period.
P - Previous Score
C - Current Score
Assessment tasks are a cornerstone element of your child’s learning as it allows them to demonstrate their knowledge and skill acquisition. Teachers use assessment tasks to gauge the success of their practice and to help guide future teaching and learning programs. In a similar fashion, the feedback associated with assessment, both in preparation and after the task is complete, is crucial in driving your child’s progression (feedback is the largest contributor to student learning progression).
At the start of each semester, each class will outline the assessment tasks that your son will need to complete. This not only allows students and parents to prepare learning schedules in advance but also know the types of learning tasks that will be covered throughout a term. As part of our change in this area for Years 7-10, the school will be reporting on assessment tasks that receive a percentage grade and no longer be formally reporting on Satisfactory/Non-satisfactory benchmarking tasks. This will allow you to track your child's academic progress and see what skill development they need to work on.
To help facilitate this, feedback will now be directed toward your child with a focus on what they demonstrated in their assessment, what their next steps are in terms of skill development and how to achieve this. You will be able to access these feedback comments through PAM to help assist your child’s learning as they are released by the teacher. As they are visible and most relevant to you when they are released, the feedback comments are no longer imported onto End of Semester Reports. We encourage you to engage with PAM on a regular basis for this reason.
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