Assessing and Reporting Your Child's Progress

Teachers will continually observe and assess your child’s learning in class. At different times an assessment task or test may be set to gain a clearer idea of how well your child is understanding what has been taught. This important assessment assists the teacher to fine-tune teaching strategies for the individual student.

Various opportunities are provided to let you know your child’s progress, with most schools scheduling Parent / Teacher / Student interviews twice a year. You will receive two comprehensive written reports each year, and arrangements will be made for at least one interview with your child’s teachers, when you can discuss his/her progress in each learning domain or subject. Many secondary schools also have an online intranet facility that enables you to view your child’s assessment tasks and results. You can always contact the school to arrange a meeting with a teacher if you have concerns or wish to have an update on progress.

National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) 

Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), which tests English (reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy skills. The results of these tests, in conjunction with a range of other assessment strategies and data collection, give you information on how your child is progressing and where s/he could benefit from greater challenges or extra help.

National assessment and reporting are the responsibility of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). NAPLAN is administered by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

For more information, see www.nap.edu.au, call 1300 895 563 (ACARA) or email info@acara.edu.au. Alternatively, see www.vcaa.vic.edu.au, call 1800 134 197 (VCAA) or email vcaa@edumail.vic.gov.au.

 

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is responsible to all Australian Education Ministers for developing Australian curriculum, developing student assessment, including NAPLAN, and for reporting overall student and school performance. ACARA also manages the My School website, which provides information on all Australian schools.

For more details on ACARA, see www.acara.edu.au. For more details on My School, see www.myschool.edu.au.

 

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) sets the guidelines for what students learn from Prep to Year 12 in all Victorian schools. The VCAA is responsible for the administration of the AusVELS, the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificates within senior secondary qualifications, and the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).

For more information see www.vcaa.vic.edu.au, call 1800 134 197 or email vcaa@edumail.vic.gov.au.

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