Emailed Wednesday 10th December 2014
The students at Bounty Boulevard State School have enjoyed an action packed year of Learning, Love and Laughter. Students have been dedicated to demonstrate their learning through a variety of experiences and assessments. The Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Framework outlines the requirements for each Queensland state school to deliver the curriculum for Preparatory to Year Seven. In implementing the P-12 Curriculum schools are required to assess, monitor and capture student achievement.
Each semester the school provides a summative report card for all students to their parents / carers. The Semester Two report will be emailed to parents in the afternoon of Wednesday 10th December 2015. All Government schools in Queensland use the OneSchool system to generate report cards. Therefore, for your inbox to receive your child’s report, please ensure the following OneSchool email address is added to your safe sender list: OneSchool.email@example.com. If you can not see you child’s report in your inbox, please check your junk mail folder or your spam folder. Ensuring that your inbox is not over quota or unattended, will also support that you receive your child’s summative report for Semester Two. For families requiring an additional report, an email has been sent to those that were able to be sent by email. Otherwise, a paper copy of your child’s report will be available tomorrow at the school office.
Understanding Your Child’s Report Card
Students have accessed the Australian Curriculum for English, mathematics, science, geography and history. Teachers use the C2C resources provided by the Department of Education, Training and Employment to support the Australian Curriculum. Students complete standardised assessments which are then moderated with other classes within the school and also with other local state primary schools.
In the Semester 2 summative report cards, teachers have evaluated student work based on our C2C (and if relevant, English as an Additional Dialect (EAL/D) units) assessments tasks in English, mathematics, science, geography and history.
With the implementation of a new curriculum, report card results may also reflect students’ ‘learning curve’ in terms of the change in expectations for learning in their year level. This is not cause for concern, as teachers are adapting and adjusting their teaching/learning to ensure that students receive the necessary prior knowledge and are supported through their learning tasks.
The current Australian curriculum has been reviewed and adjusted over the last two years, based on feedback from teachers. It is worth noting that report card results in English, mathematics, science, geography and history this semester are based on the new content descriptors and year level Achievement Standards from the Australian Curriculum. For further information on the Australian Curriculum standards visit the online curriculum at http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/
Over recent years, parents, students and teachers across Queensland have become more familiar with a 5-point scale (e.g. A-E) process for reporting in all schools. The new system schools are using refers to attainment standards called “benchmarks of achievement” or “criteria.” So what makes an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ etc is predetermined by a scale of achievement. Any student who shows evidence of meeting a particular level, deserves that benchmark grade.
What a “C” grading means:
- that the student has met the criteria for a learner to be at the appropriate age level.
- that the student is achieving the standard at their Year Level. The best description is to say that a ‘C’ means that the student’s academic development is exactly where it needs to be for their age cohort.
- attaining a ‘C’ for Achievement means you are ON TARGET for your age level.
To achieve a ‘B’ grading students must demonstrate a higher level of achievement. To achieve an ‘A’ grading the student must demonstrate that they are superior in their learning. Only a small number of students achieve an a standard. An ‘A’ grading is not awarded automatically to the top students in the class , but more so to the students who have achieve a high level of knowledge and understanding against a guide to making judgement.