Student reports for Semester One are about to be issued and this provides valuable feedback for parents and students, especially in Maths. Here at Salesian College, we are bound to assess using the Victorian Curriculum Standards as a guide. Our school regularly assesses our Maths students in a variety of ways as assessments can either be formative or summative. Teachers use the feedback from formative tasks to identify what students are struggling with and adjust instruction appropriately. This could involve re-teaching key concepts, changing how they teach or modifying teaching resources to provide students with additional support. Students also use feedback from formative tasks to reflect on and improve their own work.
Summative assessment provides students, teachers, and parents with an understanding of the pupil’s overall learning. Most commonly thought of as formal, time-specific exams, these assessments may include tests, projects, or SACs (School Assessed Coursework). These assessments are designed to measure the student’s achievement relative to the subject’s overall learning goals as set out in the relevant curriculum standards (in our case, the Victorian Curriculum).
Your child’s Maths report will indicate their individual progress in line with the Victorian Curriculum. The Victorian Curriculum consists of three major strands with each strand being divided into several connected areas as shown in graphic below. Our reports provide information (dot point placement) for the overall strands, those being Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.
Mid-year reports are a valuable tool for the forthcoming Subject Selection process for the Year 8-11 students. Student conversations with their current Maths teacher as well as report information should be used to best select the form of Maths that students consider undertaking in the following year. More information about the specifics of subject selection will be presented to all students in the coming weeks.
As well as reporting on your child’s academic ability in Maths, teachers are now also reporting on personal and social capability, in the area of resilience. This refers to your child’s willingness and approach to Maths tasks and the attributes your child displays, such as: “I give up when faced with challenge” or “I ask for assistance when I get stuck” or “I persevere with challenges that are in my comfort zone but don’t when they are not”.
Schoolbox and Maths Pathways for Years 7-9, provide regular feedback on your child’s progress and reports are collated using all forms of assessment over an extended period of time. We do this to gain the most accurate picture rather than basing the feedback on one particular task which may not be completed to the best of a child’s ability if, for example, they were having a bad day.
Read an update from Acting Principal, Mrs Angela Romano
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast