Levels of Achievement

Achievement Descriptors

The following rubric explains the expectations teachers have for students to be meeting a particular level of achievement. It is used by all teachers across the Lower School and is measured against grade level expectations.

Rubrics are just one of the measuring tools that outline the success criteria set by teachers. They are often the tool used for particular tasks and so guide students towards success.

Our aim is that students not rely on using just the achievement level as the measurement of their progress but to look at their progress in a much more holistic way. It is crucial that students understand why they are at a particular level and be able to articulate how they can improve. If they are to feel confident about themselves as learners and willing to talk honestly about their progress then they must be able to look at their progress from all perspectives, not just through the lens of written reports and achievement levels.

It is our hope that parents too, will not place an emphasis on the level of achievement but instead focus on engaging children in discussions about progress made, and how they can further improve their academic, personal and social development. All reporting is meant to be a positive experience that provides the support framework for the future.

It must be noted that students are developing at the required pace if they are considered to be meeting expectations. This is a high standard and to reach it they have to work consistently and be demonstrating a high level of knowledge, understanding and skill. Very few students will exceed expectations, as to reach this level they have to consistently show an exceptional level of knowledge, understanding and skill, often beyond what they have been exposed to in the classroom.  Very few of us can do that!

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