A variety of assessment tools are used both to improve student learning outcomes, and to monitor student progress by providing legitimate evidence of improved learning outcomes i.e. assessment 'for' and assessment 'of' learning.
Assessment for learning is designed to enhance teaching and improve learning. At Campbell Primary School we believe that assessment is an essential and integrated part of teaching and learning and that a range of assessment approaches is necessary to identify what a student knows and can do.
Assessment is ongoing and helps teachers to shape high quality teaching practices and appropriate learning experiences which will develop students' knowledge, skills and understandings and promote effective learning. Through professional learning teams, the results of assessment also contribute to the continuing development of a whole school approach in support of improved student learning outcomes.
Teachers access assessment opportunities in the context of everyday classroom activities, as well as through explicitly planned assessments to document progress.
Assessment outcomes allow teachers to report effectively to parents on their child's progress.
During the school year, parents are provided with the following formal opportunities to be informed of their child's progress:
- Term 1 Learning Journey
- Term 2 Mid-Year Written Report and Interview
- Term 3 Learning Journey
- Term 4 Written Report
The Learning Journey consists of students sharing key aspects of their learning by taking parents through a series of activities and explaining their learning.
Parents may also request an appointment to speak to their child's teacher at other times if required. Please contact the Front Office on 6142 3580 to arrange a suitable time.
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses students using common national tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy. NAPLAN tests broadly reflect aspects of literacy and numeracy common to curriculums in all States and Territories. The types of test formats and questions are chosen so that they are familiar to teachers and students across Australia.
All students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in government and non-government schools across Australia sit NAPLAN tests.
NAPLAN tests are conducted in May each year. All students in the same year level are assessed using the same tests.
Information about the program can be found at Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority website.
Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (PIPS)
The early years assessment program uses Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (PIPS) to assess early reading, phonics and numeracy skills of students in their first year of school. There are two assessments, with the first occurring within the first few weeks of school and the second in the first few weeks of term four.
The PIPS data is used to identify, as early as possible, students who may need extra support or enrichment. The PIPS data helps teachers plan appropriate learning experiences for every child in the class. Information about the program can be found at University of Western Australia web site.