At Yarrawonga College P-12 we are continually striving to improve student learning and give our students every opportunity to thrive.
One of the areas we have been working on to improve is student reporting. In addition to our Parent Information Session we held in February we have developed an Information Guides for you to view/download on our new reporting system (please see below).
If you prefer to just view/download topics that are of interest to you we have broken them booklet into six parts (see below).
To view/download a more detailed description of each topic please click on the headings in blue.
What is Ongoing Reporting and Compass (our School Communication App)
Ongoing reporting is the process of reporting regularly throughout the year, rather than just at specified points. As teachers, we assess our students throughout the semester. In the past parents did not get a report on how their child was going until the end of a semester, which was often a long time after the assessment had taken place. The system of ongoing reporting will allow parents to get an up to date, timely snapshot of what their child is learning and how they are progressing throughout the year
What are Assessment Rubrics
An assessment rubric is how teachers assess a student’s learning against the curriculum and task based criteria. P-10 rubrics outline a continuum of development based on the expected level of achievement for each year of schooling. VCE, VCAL and VET rubrics differ slightly to accommodate the requirements of these courses.
What are Learning Tasks
Learning tasks are pieces of work that students complete to demonstrate their learning over a unit or topic. Learning tasks are accompanied by assessment rubrics and are also visible on Compass.
What are Interim Reports
An interim report is a short report indicating how your child is progressing in their learning (achievement), their behaviour, their work habits (effort) and their attendance. Interim reports are a good way to monitor how your child is going at school and, as they will be available at the end of Term 1 and Term 3, enable you to work with your child’s teachers to provide any necessary support.
What are Summary Reports
Summary reports show the students level of achievement over a whole semester and they are provided at the end of each semester.
Accessing rubrics and Student Reports on Compass
This guide will show you how to access your child/s reports and assessment rubics on Compass (our School Communication App). If you are unsure how to access our Compass App please call our office on 5744 1751 for your log in/password.
If you would like to discuss this new system further please do not hesitate to contact Alistair Angwin, Travis Osborne or Bec Sprague at firstname.lastname@example.org or 5744 1751.
Why the change?
Educational experts agree that timely, specific feedback is one of the most powerful ways to enhance achievement. In response to this research, and our school goal of improving parent- school communication, we have decided to revise the way we report on student progress.
After a successful trial in Year 4 in 2019, the whole college will now be moving to a system of ‘ongoing reporting’ where students and parents are given regular feedback on student performance and achievement.
Our previous reporting system consisted of two end-of-semester reports each year, supplemented by Parent-Teacher interviews in Term 1 and 3. The new system, ‘ongoing reporting’, will involve:
- Parent, Student, Teacher goal setting interviews in Term 1, and by request in Term 3
- Interim Reports at the end of Term 1 and Term 3 – to let you know how your child is progressing in their learning, behaviour, effort and attendance.
- Feedback at the end of class units, with each core subject being reported on at least once during the semester for the first year of implementation (this will increase to at least twice per semester in 2021).
- Summary reports at the end of each semester. Students in P-10 will receive a Victorian Curriculum achievement level mark (the ‘dot point’ mark that was on previous reports). VCE, VCAL and VET students will receive a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory for each outcome in each unit.
The college is very keen to move to this new system, as we believe it will enhance student achievement and improve communication between families and the school.
We look forward to working with you to implement the new reporting system,
Al Angwin, Travis Osborne and Bec Sprague