Various opportunities are provided during the year to let you know your child’s progress. You will receive two comprehensive written reports each year, and arrangements will be made for at least one parent/teacher/student interview where you can discuss your child’s progress in each learning area or subject with their teachers. 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 any concerns or would like an update on progress.
Catholic schools value diversity, and strive to provide equitable access and opportunity for all learners through inclusive practices. For some students with diverse learning needs, Program Support Group (PSG) meetings are used to bring together the key people involved in your child’s holistic education. It is a partnership between you and your child, school representatives and, where relevant, invited professionals. The PSG works together to guide the planning and implementation of inclusive educational practices for your child. For more information, see the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) Parent Guide to Program Support Groups.
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 literacy: reading, writing and language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation), and numeracy. The results of these tests, in conjunction with a range of data from other assessment strategies and data collection, give you information on how your child is progressing and where they could benefit from greater challenges or extra help.
National assessment and reporting are the responsibility of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). In Victoria, 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 email@example.com. Alternatively, see www.vcaa.vic.edu.au, call 1800 648 637 (VCAA) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 and 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 Foundation (Prep) to Year 12 in all Victorian schools. The VCAA is responsible for the administration of the Victorian Curriculum F–10 and the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) in Victorian schools.
The VCAA is also responsible for administering the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), including the VCE Vocational Major (VM), the Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) within these certificates.
For more information, see www.vcaa.vic.edu.au, call 03 9032 1629 or email email@example.com.