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Willoughby Girls High School

Willoughby Girls High School

A Leader in Girls Education

Telephone02 9958 4141

Emailwilloughbg-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Assessment and reporting

Our teachers use a variety of strategies to assess student learning.

Teachers observe students' work in class and look closely at tasks throughout the year. They also formally assess a student's achievement based on the outcomes described in the syllabus of the subject.

As a parent or carer, you’ll receive a written report twice a year. It gives you a clear picture of your child’s achievements – what they know and can do.

In Years 7 to 10, we use the common grade scale in reporting. In Year 11, we use the Preliminary grade scale.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are assessed on achievement of competencies.

Assessments

We provide detailed information to students about what we expect from them throughout the year and how their work will be assessed. Students have a number of formal assessments throughout their schooling.

Reporting student progress

Reports are issued half yearly and yearly. These reports include a teacher comment, an indication of progress in relation to course outcomes and learning habits, and marks. Students who are not meeting course requirements may receive a warning letter. Students who do not significantly improve their performance will have this indicated on their report. As a result, a student may be ineligible to progress or to be awarded a course result, a School Certificate or a Higher School Certificate.

Assessment Years 7-9

It is essential that students present for and/or complete all assessment tasks/examinations. Where a task has not been completed on time the following special procedures will be implemented in all courses in all subjects.

 

Due to illness/misadventure

Where there is no valid reason for non-completion of an assessment task/examination, a zero will be recorded for that task. Where there is no valid reason for late submission of a task, a zero will be recorded for that task.

If absent on the day of a scheduled assessment (eg examination, research task, presentation etc), the following will be required in order to decide whether or not a student has a valid reason for non completion of a task:

  1. Prior notification of absence from the task. Other than in exceptional cases (e.g. accident on the way to school), the school/teacher must be contacted byt the parent or guardian BEFORE the task takes place, in person, by phone or email.
  2. A written statement/letter (hard copy) from the student's parent/guardian explaining the absence must be provided.  Other official documentation will be required in the case of misadventure.

NOTE: A parental statement must be received at school on the first day back after the missed task, irrespective of whether the student has a lesson in the subject of the missed task on that day. This documentation is to be handed to the relevant Head Teacher (or a teacher within the appropriate Faculty) in the case of assessment tasks or the examination co-ordinator in the case of examinations.

Due to leave other than illness/misadventure

Leave, for reasons other than illness/misadventure, authorised by the Principal is a valid reason for non-completion of an assessment task/examination. Please see the Attendance/Punctuality section of the Information for Students and Parents Booklet for more information.

 

Assessment Years 10-12

It is essential that students present for and/or complete all assessment tasks/examinations. Where a task has not been completed on time the following special procedures will be implemented in all courses in all subjects.

 

Due to illness/misadventure

Where there is no valid reason for non completion of an assessment task/examination, a zero will be recorded for that task. Where there is no valid reason for late submission of a task, a late penalty of 20% of the total mark awarded per school day will be applied and a zero will be recorded for that task after five school days.

If absent on the school day before and/or on the day of a scheduled assessment (eg examination, research task, presentation etc), the following will be required in order to decide whether or not a student has a valid reason for non completion of a task:

a) Prior notification of absence from the task from a parent/guardian. Other than in exceptional cases (eg. accident on the way to school) the school must be contacted by the student, parent or guardian BEFORE the task takes place, in person, by phone or email.

b) A written statement letter (hard copy) from the student's parent/guardian explaining the absence AND a doctor's certificate stating the medical conditions must be provided where illness is involved.  Other official documentation will be required in the case of misadventure. 

NOTE: A parental statement must be received at school on the first day back after the missed task, irrespective of whether the student has a lesson in the subject of the missed task on that day. This documentation is to be handed to the relevant Head Teacher (or a teacher within the appropriate Faculty) in the case of assessment tasks or the examination coordinator in the case of examinations.

Due to leave other than illness/misadventure

Leave, for reasons other than illness/misadventure, authorised by the Principal is a valid reason for non completion of an assessment task/examination. Please see the Attendance/Punctuality section of the Information for Students and Parents Booklet for more information.

Refer to the Junior Assessment Handbooks, issued to Year 9 and Year 10 students, for Stage 5 assessment requirements, and the Senior Assessment and Curriculum Handbooks, issued to Year 11 and Year 12 students, for preliminary and HSC assessment requirements. The Homework Policy in this booklet provides additional information.

Late arrival on the day of an assessment task (in class and hand in tasks)

School records must show that a student attended a full day of school on the day of an assessment task, as per that student’s regular timetable, including Home Room. This is to ensure that no student is advantaged by using school time to work on an assessment task. Failure to attend all classes will result in a zero being given for the task.