Assessment is an integrated part of the teaching and learning process. At Avenor College, assessment is connected to the curriculum and to the world beyond school in order to allow students to demonstrate conceptual (what they understand), competency (what they can do) and character (what they feel) learning in a variety of ways.
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|
A school-based 4-point scale/ criteria-based assessment:
always, usually, sometimes, rarely
(grades 1 - 4)
The national 4-point scale:
Very good (FB), Good (B), Satisfactory (S) and Unsatisfactory (U)
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 effort made in class is monitored by a qualitative assessment:
- 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.
Informing parents about the progress of their children is an essential part of the family / school partnership and plays a vital role in raising the level of student achievement. Reporting to parents is carefully planned so that parents can interact with teachers each term.
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)