WHAT IS ONLINE CONTINUOUS REPORTING?
A Continuous reporting is the process whereby teachers throughout the teaching and learning cycle provide timely and targeted feedback to students regarding their learning progress in each subject. Teachers will provide formal feedback to students on all summative tasks within each subject via the College Learning Management System (LMS) – SEQTA.
Feedback provided will include a combination of:
Performance against the criteria or performance standards displayed in a rubric
Comments on their achievement levels that are specific to the task
Commendations (areas of strength) Recommendations (areas for progress)
Grades obtained for the task.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Increases quantity, quality and consistency of feedback available to students.
Supports students to more effectively track, reflect and improve their learning, assisting them to develop their ability to become independent learners.
Supports teachers, students, parents and caregivers to take effective and immediate action to support student learning.
Supports parents to develop a greater awareness of, and engagement with, their child’s learning progress and achievements.
Facilitates more meaningful and effective communication between students, parents, caregivers and teachers.
Increases transparency and accountability for students, teachers, parents and caregivers in relation to academic progress.
Provides feedback provided is documented in a central, formalised and semi-permanent manner to support student learning and development.
WHAT IMPACT WILL CONTINUOUS REPORTING HAVE ON THE COLLEGE’S REPORTING STRUCTURES?
The move to continuous reporting means that semester reports will now be a summary of all assessment grades for each subject to that point in time. For semester-based subjects this will represent a final grade. The comments that used to be provided at the end of each semester will now be provided to students in a more meaningful and effective way, at the conclusion of each component of the course.
Parent/Teacher Interviews will continue in the existing format and will provide parents/caregivers with the opportunity to gain an overall summary of their child’s learning progression and achievement. CONTINUOUS REPORTING AND THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (SACE):
Please Note: SACE Stage 1 & 2 grades displayed on the LMS are not the final grade for the subject.
For Stage 1 and 2 subjects the LMS displays progress grades only as an indicator of expected performance in assessment types prior to confirmation by the SACE Board. All school-based assessment tasks at Stage 2 and some Stage 1 tasks are subject to external moderation with the final grade for the subject not released until SACE results are published in December.
WHAT IS MY ROLE AS A PARENT/CAREGIVER?
It is important that parents/caregivers are aware that the ‘student’ is the target audience for feedback which is provided by the teacher. As a parent, your ability to view this feedback via The Parent Portal ‘SEQTA Engage’ is for your information only. If any situation arises where you have a concern or question regarding the feedback provided, it is critical that as a parent you:
1) Initially discuss the feedback with your child.
2) If required, encourage your child to seek further clarification from their subject teacher.
3) If this is ineffective, or you have any major concerns with your child’s learning progress, then please utilise our normal channels of communication through the relevant subject teacher.
Supporting your child to take ownership of the feedback provided is critical in assisting them to develop their independent learning skills.
WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS FOR TEACHERS?
Expectations for how teachers provide feedback have been developed to support consistency in the quality and quantity of feedback provided to students via continuous reporting. Feedback forms will vary across subject areas as relevant to the type of learning and assessment which occurs in that area.
Some teachers will use the LMS to provide feedback on drafts. This is up to the teacher’s discretion and may not suit some subjects. Draft feedback does not contribute to the running grade total for that subject. Teachers will use a 15-point grade scale for the senior secondary school Years 10-12 (A+ to E-) and a 10-point grade scale for the middle school Years 7-9 (no minus gradings).
Mr Phillip Hodges
Director of Teaching & Learning (Secondary)