Our teachers use a variety of strategies to assess each student’s work.
Assessment needs to provide information about students’ knowledge, skills and understandings of the learning outcomes specified in the NSW syllabus documents. That is, it needs to be directly linked to the syllabus standards.
Assessment needs to provide information about the particular kind of learning in which we are interested. This means that we need to use a variety of assessment methods because not all methods are capable of providing information about all kinds of learning. For example, some kinds of learning are best assessed by observing students; some by having students complete projects or make products and others by having students complete paper and pen tasks.
Conclusions about student achievement in an area of learning are valid only when the assessment method we use is appropriate and measures what it is supposed to measure.
Assessment needs to provide opportunities for every student to demonstrate what they know, understand and can do. Assessment at New Lambton South is based on a belief that all learners are on a path of development and that every learner is capable of making progress. Students bring a diversity of cultural knowledge, experience, language proficiency and background, and ability to the classroom.
Students receive written reports twice per year. Parent teacher interviews are held at the end of term 1 and at parent request at the end of term 4.