Our teachers use a variety of strategies to assess student learning.
Teachers observe students' work in class and look closely at tasks throughout the year. They also formally assess a student's achievement based on the outcomes described in the syllabus of the subject.
As a parent or carer, you’ll receive a written report twice a year. It gives you a clear picture of your child’s achievements – what they know and can do.
In Years 7 to 10, we use the common grade scale in reporting. In Year 11, we use the Preliminary grade scale.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are assessed on achievement of competencies.
We provide detailed information to students about what we expect from them throughout the year and how their work will be assessed. Students have a number of formal assessments throughout their schooling.
- National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) – reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and numeracy tests for students in Years 7 and 9. The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) holds the tests in May each year. Results and student reports are released in August.
- Validation of Assessment for Learning and Individual Development (VALID) – online diagnostic science assessments for students in Year 8. Some schools also choose to sit the tests in Year 10.
- The Record of School Achievement (RoSA) is awarded to eligible students who leave school before completing their Higher School Certificate. The RoSA records a student’s grades between the end of Year 10 and when they leave school.
- The Higher School Certificate (HSC) is an internationally recognised qualification awarded to students who successfully complete Years 11 and 12 in NSW.
- Some students may apply for placement in a selective high school. For more information, visit selective high schools and opportunity classes.
School reports are issued each semester. Each subject uses different methods of assessment depending on the aims of their syllabuses and the varying nature of the content and learning processes used in the subject. Some subjects emphasise across the year tests, mid-year and final examinations for grading students. Others use longer term projects, essays and assignments, while others place greatest emphasis on work done in class time. For Years 7-10 most subjects include in the final mark, some percentage for class work. All subjects are regarded as equally important and students need to balance their efforts to achieve optimum results in each subject they study.
An Assessment and Reporting booklet is distributed to each year group 7 – 11 early in the school year. HSC students receive an Assessment information booklet at the beginning of the course in term 4.
Parent/Teacher evenings occur before the end of Semester One. These are a good opportunity for parents/ caregivers to meet teachers to discuss their daughter's/ward's progress.
Assessment & Reporting Handbooks for Download
Yr 7 2022 (pdf)
Yr 8 2022 (pdf)
Yr 9 2022 (pdf)
Yr 10 2022 (pdf)
Yr 11 2022 (pdf)
Yr 12 2022-2023 (pdf)