Feedback is fundamental to effective learning. The St Michael’s Assessment and Reporting model places the needs of the learner at the centre of the process, providing a coherent set of practices extending from Kindergarten to Year 12.
The model embraces a number of different but interrelated components, including written reports, parent-student-teacher conversations, portfolios, and peer and self-assessment.
The model is also a powerful vehicle for communication between teachers, students and parents. Portfolios (Years K–6) and online reporting (Years 7–12) provide quality feedback, supported by parent-student-teacher conversations.
Kindergarten students begin developing a portfolio of documented thinking, explorations and pieces of work. From Preparatory through to Year 6, the portfolios consist of celebration pieces selected by the student and teacher. Assessment pieces are determined by the teacher and are accompanied by a statement of performance and prompt feedback.
Teachers from Years 7–12 place a series of assessment summaries online within two weeks of the submission date. Online assessed tasks (‘Reportable Tasks’) are a selection of the work completed within each subject area. An overall grade is provided at the end of the semester, along with a provision for the teacher to identify development opportunities.
Parents can view the criteria used to assess their child’s performance, and the teacher’s assessment of these. Marks and letter grades are shown, with provision for teacher comments. Students receive feedback on Reportable Tasks as soon as they are marked, with parents given access to these online.
From K to 12, assessment tasks are presented at the level appropriate for the individual. Students will generally undertake tasks at a ‘mainstream’ level; however, different levels of complexity are provided with both ‘modified’ and ‘extension’ tasks completed by students when they require additional support or academic extension. Students’ level of task and performance are clearly indicated in their printed and online reports.