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Testing and assessment

 

Assessment is an ongoing process and is instrumental in teachers’ planning and delivery of curriculum.

Broadly speaking, students are assessed:

  • to measure performance or achievement
  • to determine whether the student has mastered the essential learnings in all key learning areas 
  • to diagnose difficulties a student may be experiencing, to determine support and intervention strategies (explicit teaching) to eliminate or reduce the difficulty 
  • to provide feedback to the student, articulating distance travelled and what is required next 
  • to report on progress to the student and his/her parents/caregivers(Parent/Student/Teacher interviews and Semester Report Cards)

 

The following diagnostic ‘tests’ are undertaken by students across Wynnum State School -

  • Booker Diagnostic Tests (Numeration /Fractions)
  • PAT-R – Progressive Achievement Tests in Reading
  • PM Benchmark (Probe in some circumstances) and TORCH – Test of Reading Comprehension
  • Words Their Way Spelling Inventory
  • Concepts about print, SPATr, Wynnum letter ID (Prep only)
  • Reading and writing stamina

 

The most powerful teaching practice is using student data, to reshape the curriculum and teaching strategies for the student to automate what was shown up on the diagnostic tool as ‘unknown’ or ‘error’.  This leads to differentiating for the learner.  Teachers, at a year level interrogate the data and make changes to existing teaching practices to accommodate the needs of the students. 

Staff workshops are designated for analysing data and determining ‘better’ strategies, focused teaching requirements to eliminate or reduce the difficulty for the student.  

Wynnum State School provides two student report cards each year. Computer generated reports are issued to all students during June and December each year coinciding with semester breaks.  

Parents/carers also have the opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher at least twice a year. These official face to face interviews are held usually at the end of Term 1 and end of Term 3.  The face to face interviews are a three way process involving the student, parents/carers and teacher. Learning goals, progress and areas for further development are discussed. 

Parents are able to view their child’s assessment items and discuss progress strategies for improvement with the Homeroom teacher.