How do we know our students are learning?
Assessing how students are going is a continuous process carried by our staff, the students themselves and their peers. Teachers are continuously doing roving observations, reading and writing conferences with students, pre and post tests, discussing work samples and crosschecks and giving feedback.
Formal assessments in reading, writing and mathematics will be carried out this term as we head towards late June when we send home reports and host student led conferences. At the moment all students are completing a one on one reading assessment using the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmarking system. This is done twice yearly and gives teachers an extensive understanding of how well students decode words and read accurately, with expression and punctuation, but more importantly how well they understand what they are reading.
Grade 3 and 5 students have also completed NAPLAN testing this week. Students did online testing for the first time, which wasn’t without its challenges, so we are very proud of the resilience and can do attitude of all our kids!
For students to have agency in their learning they need to set learning goals and know how they are progressing. As we move up the school students learn to do this more independently and become Self Managers who can do their own goal setting and reflecting. They learn self-assessment strategies and to do respectful peer assessment.