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Assessment and reporting

Our teachers use a variety of strategies to assess student learning.

Teachers observe students' work in class and look closely at tasks throughout the year. They also formally assess a student's achievement based on the outcomes described in the syllabus of the subject.

As a parent or carer, you’ll receive a written report twice a year. It gives you a clear picture of your child’s achievements – what they know and can do.

In Years 7 to 10, we use the common grade scale in reporting. In Year 11, we use the Preliminary grade scale.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are assessed on achievement of competencies.


We provide detailed information to students about what we expect from them throughout the year and how their work will be assessed. Students have a number of formal assessments throughout their schooling.

Our teachers use a variety of strategies to assess each student's work. This includes observing their work in class and looking closely at the work they produce throughout the year. They also formally assess a student's achievement based on the outcomes described in the syllabus of the subject. 

Here at Waratah campus, student achievement is reported on in a number of ways: 

Interim and Semester Reports:

Interim reports are issued towards the end of Terms 1 and 3. They provide a general overview of how the student is performing.

Each Semester, as a parent/carer, you will receive a report which provides detailed information from teachers regarding student achievement. Teachers assess student achievement based on outcomes in the syllabus of each subject. 

We use a common grade scale in reporting and assessing. 

Vocational Education and VET  courses are assessed on achievement and Competencies. 

The Stage 4  ExCEL elective course is assessed on achievement in the areas of Future Focused Learning- Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity through Inquiry-Based Learning 



National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy ( NAPLAN) - All students in Year 7 and Year 9 sit four tests in May that are known as the NAPLAN tests. NAPLAN assesses student skills in Numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. NAPLAN results help teachers meet the individual literacy and numeracy needs of students. You will receive a detailed report of your child's achievements in the tests. 


The Validation of Assessment for Learning and Individual Development ( VALID) is an online diagnostic science assessment for students in Year 8. Some schools also choose to sit the tests in Year 10. 


The Record of School Achievement ( RoSA) is awarded to eligible students who leave school before completing their Higher School Certificate. The RoSA records a student's grades between the end of Year 10 and when they leave school.

Subject Specific Assessment Tasks and Exams  

In order to provide teachers with feedback on student learning and achievement of syllabus outcomes, students are required to complete assessment tasks in each subject throughout the year. Some subjects also require students to sit exams. To help students best prepare for their assessments, they are notified when assessments are due or when they are expected to sit exams on their Assessment Schedule. Information regarding assessment in each subject area can be found in the Assessment Booklet of your child's relevant Year group. Notification of Assessments and Exams can be found on Canvas. 

Supporting your Child's Learning:

Parent/Teacher Meetings 

During the year, you will have a formal opportunity to discuss your child's progress at a parent-teacher meeting. However, if you have any concerns regarding your child- make an appointment to discuss these concerns with the relevant teacher. 

Supporting your Child with Assessment: 

Studying and Assessment Organisational Tips: 

Being organised is the key to successful high school studies. Using a term planner to remind your child of forthcoming Assessment tasks and exams, as well as homework. A study timetable can also be useful. 

Download or print a term planner to record assessment tasks and exam dates. 

Download or print a study timetable to help your child organise their time. 

Authentic Assessment Portfolio Information 

At Waratah Campus one of our major assessments is student's Learning Portfolio. Each student prepares and presents an authentic assessment portfolio to a panel of staff members, student peers and sometimes community members. A portfolio is a purposeful collection of personal planning, work samples and evidence of learning that demonstrates their achievement throughout the year, reflect on areas of strength and development, and share their growing competence in future learning skills of collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication.