Various methods of formative and summative assessments are used throughout the school year in each learning area. Some of these are school-based, others are system-based, and some are nation-wide assessments such as the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (known as NAPLAN) which is an annual assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.
West Balcatta Primary School formally reports to parents twice per year using the Judging Standards as stated by the WA School Curriculum and Standards Authority in all learning areas for Pre-Primary to Year 6 students. In Kindergarten, the Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines are used by teachers to develop educational programs that extend and enrich children’s learning. These reports are designed by the Department of Education (Western Australia) and are adhered to by all public schools in Western Australia.
Our teachers use their professional judgement, based on several summative assessments, specifically looking for consistency and independence when allocating grades for formal reports. Teachers of the same year level and across year levels collaborate and moderate several work samples from each student, enabling in-depth discussions of grade allocations to ensure an accurate judgement of each student’s progress in relation to the Western Australian Judging Standards.