Assessment and Reporting
Providing accurate, timely, transparent and specific assessment of student progress is fundamental in supporting students to learn. Understanding the knowledge and skills that students possess at any given time allows us to provide challenging and accessible learning opportunities targeted to meet individual needs. Our commitment to meeting the individual needs of each of our students is encapsulated in our motto — Flexible learning for all.
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 is the basis for teaching and learning in the F-10 Subschool. It outlines what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. The Victorian Curriculum is structured as a continuum across levels of learning achievement not years of schooling. This enables the development of learning programs based on the actual learning level of each student rather than their assumed level of learning based on age.
We are committed to providing students, parents and carers with timely, reliable and specific information regarding student progress. Our reports provide a straightforward and easy to understand summary of student achievement and progress in each subject, as well as advice for future learning.
Years F-10 Reports
In the F-10 Subschool two forms of reports are available to students, parents and carers; Module Reports and Semester Reports.
Students and parents/carers receive a Module Report at the completion of a module. Modules generally contain four weeks of learning activities. The feedback given in Module Reports provides students and parents/carers with constructive and timely information about student performance, areas for improvement and opportunities for future learning. They also give an indication of whether students are working towards the expected standard, at the expected standard, or above the expected standard.
At the end of each semester students and parents/carers receive a Semester Report. The Semester Report provides a summary of student achievement over the semester. The Semester Report also contains a general comment from the student’s Learning Advisor about their overall progress.
Years 11-12 Reports
In the 11-12 Subschool two forms of reports are available to students, parents and carers; Progress Reports and Semester Reports.
Students and parents/carers receive a Progress Report at the mid-point of each semester. The information given in Progress Reports provides students and parents/carers with summary information about work submitted, the quality of work that has been submitted and student engagement. Teachers may also request further communication with the student and or parent/carers via the Progress Report.
At the end of Semester One students and parents/carers receive a detailed Semester Report. Year 11 students will also receive a report at the end of Semester Two. The Semester Report provides a summary of student learning and achievement over the semester in each subject and advice about future learning. The Semester Report also contains a general comment from the student’s Learning Advisor about their overall progress.
Between late February and early March our Exam Centre Coordinator will send out material to our DECV-based students asking where they wish to sit their exams. Students may apply to sit their exams at the DECV in Thornbury or at another school or institution. In certain prescribed circumstances students may apply to sit their exams overseas or interstate, or apply for Special Examination Arrangements. In these instances supporting documentation will be required and approval is at the discretion of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).
Students studying at a mainstream school should be aware that their home school is responsible for all VCAA Examinations arrangements, including subjects taught by the DECV. Home schools are responsible for applying directly to the VCAA for any Special Provision requirements. School supervisors should inform the DECV of any approved arrangements that are in place.
There are no exams for Year 11 subjects, although certain subjects may have an end of Unit test or quiz that is set at the end of the year.