In February and November, students in Years Prep – 2 participate in the Literacy Advance Pre- and Post-testing initiative, mandated by the Government and Catholic Education Office Melbourne. The results of these tests inform future teaching and measure progress in Reading and Writing.
In May, students in Years 3 and 5 participate in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), which assesses Mathematics, Reading, Writing, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. Later in the year, the school and families receive a report outlining how students performed in the tests. It is important to note that these reports are only one aspect of the school’s assessment and reporting process and do not replace the more extensive and informed judgments made by teachers at St. Mary MacKillop.
At the end of each semester, that is, in June and December, we report to the community. Like all Catholic schools in Victoria, at St. Mary MacKillop we are required to allocate an A – E grade indicating a student’s level of achievement in knowledge, skills and behaviours taught in all subjects ‘delivered’ during that semester.
Importantly, this is a time to look back, acknowledge and formally celebrate student learning with the whole school community. It is also a time to set goals for future learning, at individual, group and whole school levels.