Dear Lower School Parents,
The 2013/2014 school year will conclude on Wednesday June 11. Students in Pre Reception through Grade 6 will receive their 2nd Progress Report, which will be published online by 4:00pm on Wednesday June 11. Students will also bring their portfolios home to share their learning on Friday June 6. The portfolio contains a variety student work samples from all areas of the curriculum. Students reflect on each piece and use the portfolio as a learning tool.
I congratulate all Lower School students for a very successful year of academic, social and emotional growth. The 2nd Progress Report is intended to add further value to reporting practices including 3 Way Learning Reviews, Student Portfolios and Student Led Conferences. The purpose of the Progress Report is to inform about learning in terms of knowledge, skills and understanding and identify areas where improvement is required. Although academics are important, the Progress Report also provides a platform, of equal importance, to comment about your child’s social and emotional development. Take the opportunity to read the Progress Report with your child/children, praise them for their effort, performance and growth, big or small.
To interpret and understand your child’s/children’s Progress Report, please reference the information on page 2. Please note, the current electronic system does not archive progress reports so please download and save a copy for future reference. The following video tutorial is provided as a reference to download the progress report – http://vimeo.com/35738141.
How Do We Evaluate Student Achievement at CDNIS?
Student achievement is measured against a set of descriptors (Appendix 1) according to whether they are exceeding, meeting or approaching grade level expectations as determined by the grade level team, in consultation with other grade levels. Knowledge, skills and understanding are considered when evaluating a student’s overall achievement. As the benchmark is expected to be high it is assumed there will be very few students who exceed expectations, something that should be made clear to all stakeholders. Too many students being rated as ‘exceeding’ indicates the grade level expectations are not of a high enough standard.
By including effort as part of the Teaching and Learning Programme and a measurable indicator in the reporting process, our goal is to encourage a student’s belief about their ability to achieve successful outcomes in various areas, show students and other stakeholders the link between effort and achievement and stress the importance that effort and achievement are equally as important. When measuring effort goal setting, commitment to a task, diligence, persistence, willingness to problem-solve, seeking new challenges and striving for personal best should be considered.
Lower School Achievement Descriptors
Achievement descriptors refer to the student’s knowledge, understanding and skill as commented on in the current Progress Report and Student Portfolio.
- Knowledge is defined as significant, relevant content the student needs to know
- Skills are defined as the capabilities the student has acquired in order to prepare them for lifelong learning
- Understanding is defined as having made sense and developed accurate meaning of an idea or concept and is therefore, able to explain, support, justify, theorise and/or defend it.
Lower School Principal