Deputy Principal - Teaching & Learning

Assessment results in Schoolbox
Thank you to all who attended the Schoolbox information night. It was great to see so much interest in this important learning tool. Thanks also to everyone who has downloaded the new Salesian app, now available for iOS and Android devices. This is a vital tool for staying up to date with College news, as well as information about your child’s learning progress.

Some families are finding results for some classes are not appearing on their School page accounts within Schoolbox. This relates to an update that was installed just before parent access was opened – results are presented but need to be re-released by teachers, which is currently underway.

This was an unexpected result of the upgrade and has only affected results entered in Term one, and parents will receive notifications as these results become available again.We apologise for any inconvenience caused due to this matter.

We have received a number of questions about how our new developmental rubrics are used to determine grades in Years 7-10, as well as how to interpret the assessment graph that appears with your child’s results in Schoolbox.

Developmental rubrics
The key purpose of assessment is to determine what a student understands, so that learning and teaching can focus on where they need to go next. This formative approach to assessment has been shown by a wealth of research to have the greatest positive impact on student growth.

Some key features of developmental rubrics are:

  • they identify where the student is ready to learn so that targeted teaching can occur
  • they show how key skills are sequentially developed
  • they help students to see how skills are developed across different learning tasks

Most of our rubrics include five levels of achievement, with the middle descriptor representing the expected standard.

We have weighted our scoring so that students at the expected level receive 70% as their final score. This represents a solid grasp of the skills and content covered in the assessment, and we would expect most students to fit within the 60-80% range.

A score in the 90-100% range represents an exceptional standard of work that demonstrates skills a year or more in advance of the expected range.

The following table represents a good rule of thumb to use when interpreting your child’s score:

80-100% The student demonstrates skills that are consistently above the expected level for their year level

60-79% The student demonstrates skills at the expected year level in most areas of the assessment.

40-59% The student is consolidating the skills in the assessment, with some skills assessed at below the expected level for their year level.

20-39% The student was at least a year behind the expected level in at least one skill area.

>20% The student was at least a year behind the expected level in the majority of skill areas.

 

Interpreting the assessment graphs in Schoolbox
Another useful Schoolbox feature is the display of your child’s performance on an assessment compared to the rest of the class. The red dot represents your child’s score, while the ‘box and whisker’ graph represents the spread of achievement in the class.

 

A box and whisker graph divides the class into four blocks that each represent 25% of students. The line that runs through the middle of the shaded box represents the score of the student in the middle of the class ranking (also known as the median score).

 

These graphs are also available to break down performance in specific skills covered in the assessment, and they give a snapshot of how a student is performing at a particular point in time. As more assessments are completed, they will be a useful way to track growth in skills over time.

 

Daniel Buttacavoli
Deputy Principal - Teaching & Learning