Assessment of a Student’s Progress
Assessment is the process of identifying, gathering and interpreting information about student achievement. Assessment can be used for a number of key purposes, including to:
- assist student learning
- evaluate and improve teaching and learning programs
- provide information on student learning and progress in a course in relation to the syllabus outcomes
- provide evidence of satisfactory completion of a course
- report on the achievement by each student at the end of a course.
Assessment Tasks and Exams
Each subject department has its own policy regarding across-the-board tasks and exams. Students should be given sufficient notification of such exams and the components to be tested in each. Students failing to complete such tasks or exams, because of illness or other misadventure, will be required to present a doctor's certificate or written evidence. Students may be asked to sit a substitute task (at the discretion of the Studies Co-ordinator).
Absence from Assessment Events or on the Due Date of an Assessment Task
Attendance at all assessment events or examinations is compulsory. In the event of absence from an assessment event or on the due date of an assessment task, the following process must be followed:
Students must notify by phone the Guidance Co-ordinator on the morning of their absence. The Guidance Co-ordinator will in turn notify the relevant Studies Co-ordinator. Absence with good cause, with written evidence or a Doctor’s Certificate, will be accepted at the discretion of the Studies Co-ordinator. This evidence and the assessment task must be handed to the Guidance Co-ordinator before 9:00 am on the day the student returns to school. A student absent from an examination or assessment event must report ready to sit for it on her first day back to school.
Attendance at all assessment events or examinations is compulsory. The NSW Education Act (1990) requires every child from 6 years to 17 years of age to be at school every day the school is open. The only acceptable reason for an absence is an illness that is fully documented. It is never acceptable for a student in Years 10, 11 or 12 to take a family holiday or overseas travel during the school term. If a student is absent on a family holiday, or overseas travel during the school term and misses an Assessment Task, Event or examination no marks will be recorded for that Assessment Task, Event or examination.
Absence from a Year 11 or Year 12 assessment event or examination owing to Illness or Misadventure may result in the student being removed from the course rankings until the end of the course. In the event of absence from an assessment event or on the due date of an assessment task, the following process must be followed:
- Students must notify by phone the Guidance Co-ordinator on the morning of their absence.
- The Guidance Co-ordinator will in turn notify the relevant Studies Co-ordinator
- In the case of an illness, a Doctor’s Certificate is required which must cover the period of illness and must be handed to the Guidance Co-ordinator before 9:00 am on the day the student returns to school.
- This should accompany the task. In the event of an absence from an assessment event or exam, the student will complete the task on their first day back at school.
- The student is required to complete an Illness and Misadventure Appeal form.
- They will attach their relevant documentation and/or a written statement to the form and give it to their Guidance Co-ordinator.
Late Submission or Failure to Submit/Complete Assessments
Students who fail to submit or complete an assessment, without sufficient reason, or without following correct procedure as outlined above, will be awarded a zero. Work submitted more than three days after the due date will also be awarded a zero. Students will be issued with a warning letter for a ‘N’ determination.
Application for an Extension
Students seeking an extension on the due date of an assessment task must see their Guidance Co-ordinator at least one week prior to the original date.
Substitute Assessment Tasks
Substitute Assessment Tasks may be given at the discretion of the Studies Coordinator.
A student’s mark is determined by the quality of the work produced by the student only. Any take-home assessment task or submitted work must formally acknowledge any words, ideas, designs or workmanship of others used in producing the work. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all unacknowledged work is genuinely their own.
Students are encouraged to incorporate research from a variety of sources but sources must be clearly acknowledged through an annotated bibliography and/or footnotes. Failure to acknowledge such sources, constitutes plagiarism.
Malpractice is any activity undertaken by a student that allows them to gain an unfair advantage over others. It includes, but is not limited to:
- copying someone else’s work in part or in whole, and presenting it as their own
- using material directly from books, journals, CDs or the internet without reference to the source
- building on the ideas of another person without reference to the source
- buying, stealing or borrowing another person’s work and presenting it as their own
- submitting work to which another person such as a parent coach or subject expert has contributed substantially
- using words, ideas, designs or the workmanship others in practical and performance tasks without appropriate knowledge
- paying someone to write or prepare material
- breaching school examination rules
- using non-approved aides during an assessment task
- contriving false explanations to explain work not handed in by the due date
- assisting another student to engage in malpractice.
In the event that academic malpractice is suspected, the onus rests with the student to provide evidence that the work is entirely their own. Such evidence might include, but is not limited to the student:
providing evidence of and explaining the process of their work, which might include diaries, journals or notes, working plans or sketches, and progressive drafts to show the development of their ideas
answering questions regarding the assessment task, examination or submitted work under investigation, to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills.
In the first instance, the teacher marking the assessment will investigate the nature and extent of the malpractice and then refer the matter to the relevant Studies Co-ordinator. Penalties range from a deduction of marks to the amount of a zero mark when the teacher determines that the extent is such that little or no part of the task is original in nature.
Parents will be informed in writing of all matters relating to the nature and the extent of the malpractice.
For HSC Students ONLY
Throughout the assessment process, the highest level of integrity and honesty is required. Failure to meet this requirement may limit a student’s marks and jeopardise their HSC. From October 2013, all cases of school assessment malpractice must be reported, by the school, to the NSW Education Standards Authority and entered on the Register of Malpractice in HSC Assessment Tasks.
A mark of zero will be accorded to the student found to be cheating or submitting, as her own, another's work, or who brings a mobile phone, electronic equipment or any notes into any Assessment Event or Examination.
Technology failure is not an acceptable excuse for the late submission of a task. Students are encouraged to keep draft copies and notes related to assessment tasks which must be submitted in the event of technology failure. These will be regarded as final assessment submission.
Years 10, 11 and 12
The Stage 5, Preliminary and HSC Course assessment policies will be distributed to students at the beginning of the academic year. It will provide detailed assessment information.