Assessment is an integrated part of the teaching and learning process. Assessment aims at:
- Decreasing the judgement value and increasing the constructive value of the obtained performance;
- Setting the outcome based on a clear set of criteria of which the students are aware of before assessment;
- Completing the quantitative measure with qualitative appreciation (for instance, descriptive comments);
- Focusing on progress, starting with identifying strengths, things to improve and adjusting to learning needs;
- Completing the formal assessment with alternative assessment methods;
- Highlighting the effects of learning.
At Avenor College, we use different grading systems for each key stage:
|Key stages||Grading system|
|middle school (grades 5 - 8)||The national grading scale using numbers from 1 to 10|
|high school (grades 9 - 12)||The Cambridge system grading scale using letters from A to U
Grades A*-U in 9, 10
Grades A-E in AS
Grades A*-E in A2
We also monitor student progress through interim and summative reports using the following indicators:
- Attainment (Current grade)
- Target Grade (a grade targeted for the end of the school year)
The Exceeding expectations value indicates that the student is involved and motivated in class and has an exemplary positive attitude towards learning all the time.
The Meeting expectations value indicates that the student is motivated and interested enough to progress, but can do better.
The Below expectations value indicates that sometimes the student shows lack of involvement and motivation towards learning.
The Not applicable indicates a constant lack of interest, involvement and focus during lessons.
Progress shows whether the teacher believes the student is “on the right track” to achieve the learning goals and the desired outcome.
Attainment is the official grade and represents the level at which the student is currently working. It is a “snapshot” of the overall school performance and reflects the test results, homework, projects, etc. that the student has achieved during the learning and evaluation period so far.
Target Grade is an indicator of the average grade targeted for the end of the school year; this is the goal the teacher has set based on previous results.
Reporting to parents takes the following forms:
- Interim assessment data and summative reports made available in the Engage Platform (Avenor College’s information management system)
- Student planner
- Parent-teacher Meetings (Feedback Days, individual meetings)