The teachers at Sacred Heart put a lot of time, effort and energy into preparing your child’s report and committed to providing a snapshot of your child’s learning progress.
Wherever necessary, teachers may also make a time to meet with parents over the next few weeks to discuss student’s progress.
Along with the achievement scale (Years 1-6), the student reports include an ‘effort scale’. The effort ‘scale’ currently used on our written reports is described as Commendable, Working Well, Works with encouragement and Needs Attention.
The Common Grade Scale describes performance at each of five grade levels.
A The student has an extensive knowledge and understanding of the content and can readily apply this knowledge. In addition, the student has achieved a very high level of competence in the processes and skills and can apply these skills to new situations.
B The student has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the content and a high level of competence in the processes and skills. In addition, the student is able to apply this knowledge and these skills to most situations.
C The student has a sound knowledge and understanding of the main areas of content and has achieved an adequate level of competence in the processes and skills.
D The student has a basic knowledge and understanding of the content and has achieved a limited level of competence in the processes and skills.
E The student has an elementary knowledge and understanding in few areas of the content and has achieved very limited competence in some of the processes and skills.
“What does it mean if my child receives the same grade in Semester 1 and Semester 2? Does that mean they haven’t improved?”
It is possible for a student to receive the same grade in both semesters and to have made progress. For example, if your child received SOUND for reading in semester 1 and 2, this means the child is on track for the end of the year in reading for their age and stage. In fact, most students will continue their learning throughout the year into semester 2 and maintain their grade.
“What does it mean if my child has received a lower grade in the same learning area in semester 2?”
This could be because the content covered in that KLA is completely different to the first semester. Or, this could also mean that your child has not made significant progress in that area of learning. Your child’s class teacher will provide information for you about this grade in the comment section of the report or during a parent teacher interview.
“How do teachers determine a grade?”
Teachers use professional judgement and knowledge to assign grades. They measure a child’s performance (knowledge, skills and understanding) against the curriculum outcomes for the child’s age and stage. The criteria for ‘sound’ for each age and stage is determined by the National curriculum for each KLA (Religious Education as guided by Broken Bay Diocese Learning Outcomes)
If you have any questions regarding reporting, please don’t hesitate to contact us.