CURRICULUM

Assessments

Assessments

At North Melbourne Grammar College, we believe students and parents should be supported to plan for the completion of assessment tasks both in a timely manner and to the very best of each student’s ability. For this reason, the school provides families with a semester long Assessment Schedule for each year level. In Year 12 this doubles as the SAC Calendar. The schedule includes all the major assessment tasks for each subject and due dates that are required for students of that year level. At the moment, students are provided with the relevant Semester’s Assessment Schedule in the first week of Term One and Three.

End of Semester Reports

Students and parents are made aware of academic progress on a regular basis. This is information about what students know and can do, together with recommendations for their future learning. This is achieved through formative assessment (such as practice and homework tasks) and summative assessment (end of topic tests, assignments etc.) throughout each unit of every subject. This information is fed back to students through Assessment Tasks.

at the end of each semester parents will receive written reports in the post and through email. These reports provide a summary of graded tasks and written comments for each subject. Written reports will also provide feedback from each teacher on study habits demonstrated during the reporting period.

Interim Reports

At the end of Term One and Term Three (or thereabouts), all parents will receive an Interim Report for their child. This system has been in place since Term One 2016 and will continue into 2017 and beyond. The Interim Report will form the basis of Academic Conversations between parents/guardians, students and teachers.

Academic Conversations

In Terms One and Three each year (or thereabouts), the College will conduct Academic Conversations between parent/nominated welfare representative, students and teachers about each child’s progress in the current year. These conversations are very important and we encourage parents to attend.

Beyond that, we welcome parent/nominated welfare representative interaction with us. Parents are welcome to communicate with their child’s teacher via the phone or email.

Where the College has concerns, parents/nominated welfare representative will be asked to come in for an interview.

VCE Assessment

Students can be assessed in a variety of ways in the VCE. Predominantly, there are four major assessment types.

It is important for students to understand the relationship between SACs, the GAT and Exam. The VCAA uses a triangulation of assessment to work out a student’s final score for every subject. A student who doesn’t bother performing in the SAC and GAT will seriously disadvantage themselves.

The Assessment practices of the VCE are complex. We focus significantly on educating students on how the VCE works.

‘S’ (satisfactory completion) for the unit will be given to a student once all the outcomes in the Unit have been satisfactorily achieved, otherwise the student will be given ‘N’ (unsatisfactory completion) for the unit if one or more of the outcomes has not been satisfactorily achieved.

In some cases, the awarding of an S or N may be delayed. Credit for units satisfactorily completed will be reported to the VCAA for all Units 1, 2, 3 & 4.

A student may receive an N for a unit on the basis that not enough class time has been recorded for the unit. In other words, students need to understand the importance of Attendance in the VCE.

School Assessed Coursework (SACs)

This is work done by students throughout a semester for the classroom teacher. The nature of SACs varies depending on subject, is prescribed by the VCAA (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority), and can be made up of a range of assessment types, for example: tests, assignments, posters, oral presentations, reflections, essays, reports, electronic posts.

School Assessment Tasks (SATs)

Major assessment pieces done in more practical subjects (eg a folio of designs in Visual Communication and Design); final art pieces in Art; a Video in Studio Arts.

The General Achievement Test (GAT)

A test held in a student’s Year 12 year. Includes two essays and requires students to answer multiple choice questions on topics ranging from numeracy, science, history, geography, logic and culture.

Exams

The College conducts exams every Semester. In October / November of the year in which a student undertakes a Year 12 subject, the VCAA conducts examinations in all VCE subjects. These are externally set and assessed.

VCE Assessment

The ATAR is calculated by VTAC solely for the use of tertiary institutions to compare the overall achievement of students who have completed different combinations of VCE studies. VTAC forwards the ATAR along with the application information to selection authorities at Tertiary Institutions.

VTAC uses VCE results issued by VCAA to calculate the ATAR. For more information on how the ATAR is calculated go to:

http://www.vtac.edu.au/results-offers/y12-atar.html#how

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