Year 1-4 School Assessment Policy

This policy is provided for all Year 1-4 students at The King’s College and is based on School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) requirements. This policy applies to the assessment of all School Curriculum and Standards Authority subjects.

1.0 Overview of assessment

Assessment is an integral part of the learning and teaching program. It serves the important purpose of providing feedback to students to enable them to understand their level/degree of achievement. Feedback provides students with an indication of what might be required to move them to higher levels of achievement.

Assessment programs at The King’s College are designed carefully by teachers of courses to;

  1. Comply with the requirements of the Authority.
  2. Provide students with full information about assessment including the nature, timing, provisions for failing to submit assessments, provisions for late submissions, appeals processes, procedures for sickness and other misadventure, and provisions for students with special needs.
  3. Provide meaningful and timely feedback to students.

2.0 Student responsibilities

Students are required to take responsibility for familiarising themselves with the school assessment policy. This means they will be aware of the proposed nature and timing of key assessments.

It is the responsibility of the student to:

  • Complete all course assessment requirements by the due date. Attempt all in-class assessment tasks on the schedule date and submit all out of class assessment tasks by the due date.
  • Maintain a good record of attendance, conduct and progress (a student who is absent from class for five lessons or more per term is deemed to be ‘at risk’ of not completing the course unit requirements).
  1. 1 HomeworkHomework is regarded is an integral part of each student’s education, reflecting the College’s expectations. Students are expected to regularly complete work at home. Teachers will regularly set and follow-up home learning tasks to consolidate the learning that has taken place in class. Students are also expected to complete any assignments/projects that have been set and, in secondary school, to revise/study for upcoming tests/examinations

3.0 Teacher responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the teacher to:

  • Develop a teaching and learning program that appropriately delivers the current WA Curriculum for the particular subjects.
  • Provide students with a course and assessment outline at the start of the subject.
  • Ensure that assessments are fair, valid and reliable.
  • Provide students with timely assessment feedback and guidance, including how best to undertake future tasks.
  • Maintain accurate records of student achievement.
  • Meet College and external timelines for assessment and reporting.
  • Inform students and parents of academic progress, as appropriate.

4.0 Information provided to students

At the start of teaching, the teacher will provide access to the following documents:

  • a course and assessment outline for the subjects that shows:
    • the sequence in which it will be taught.
    • the approximate time allocated to teach each section of content from the WA Curriculum.
    • the number of tasks to be assessed.
    • a general description of each assessment task.
    • the assessment type, as prescribed in the syllabus.
    • the approximate timing of each assessment task (i.e. the week in which each assessment task will be conducted or the start and submission dates for an extended task).
    • an indication of the content covered by each assessment task.

5.0 Cheating, collusion and plagiarism

Cheating is where a student has engaged in a dishonest act to increase their rank. This typically occurs in tests and examinations.

Collusion is where a student submits work that is not their own for assessment and which may be similar or identical to that of others (e.g. another student, a parent, a tutor).

Plagiarism is where students copy large sections or all of another person’s work, ideas etc without acknowledgment. In most assessments, teachers will discourage more than a minimum level of other people’s work, even if acknowledged.

Students must not cheat (i.e. engage in a dishonest act to gain an unfair advantage).

All work in each individual assessment task must be the work of the student. Students are not permitted to submit for marking, as original, any work which:

  • is prepared or substantively contributed to by another person (e.g. student, teacher, tutor or expert), or
  • is copied or downloaded from the internet without acknowledging the source, or
  • paraphrases or summarises the work of others.

If a student is believed to have engaged in cheating, collusion or plagiarism, the teacher will refer the matter to the Director of Curriculum. As part of this process, the student and the parent/guardian will be informed of the suspected inappropriate behaviour. The student will be provided with the right of reply.

If it is demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that a student has cheated, colluded or plagiarised, one of the following penalties will apply:

  • a mark of zero for the whole assessment task, or
  • a mark of zero for the part of the assessment task where the teacher can identify that the work is not the student’s own.

The parent/guardian will be informed in writing of the decision made, the penalty and any further disciplinary action.

6.0 Security of assessment tasks

Where there is more than one class studying the same subject and stream at the College, all of the assessment tasks will be the same to ensure student marks are on the same scale. In cases where there is more than one class, to ensure that no students are unfairly advantaged, the question papers used for in-class assessment tasks will be collected at the end of the lesson and retained by the teacher until the task has been completed by the class. In their own interests, students must not discuss the nature of the questions with students from the other classes until after all classes have completed the task. Discussion of the questions will be treated as collusion and the students will be penalised.

7.0 Students with disability

Students with a diagnosed disability will (where their disability, impairment or medical condition significantly affects their access to a particular assessment task) have written and/or practical assessment tasks (including school examinations) adjusted by the teacher in consultation with the relevant Head of Learning Area/teacher-in-charge responsible for the course. These adjustments will be consistent with those described in the Authority’s Guideline for Disability Adjustment for Timed Assessments, which can be accessed from the Authority website (www.scsa.wa.edu.au). Adjustments, depending on the individual student’s education needs, can include special equipment, modified papers, provision of a scribe, or additional time to complete the task.

8.0 Completion of a subject

A grade (A, B, C, D or E) is assigned for each subjects completed.

Students are required to:

  • attempt all in-class assessment tasks on the scheduled date, and
  • submit all out-of-class assessment tasks on or before the due date.

If an assessment task cannot be submitted directly to the teacher, it is to be submitted to the relevant Head of Learning Area/teacher-in-charge who will provide an email to the course teacher confirming the submission.

Where health issues or other personal circumstances may prevent a student completing an in-class assessment task, the student or the parent/guardian must discuss the matter with the teacher at the earliest opportunity before the scheduled date. The College will determine whether the reason is acceptable.

Where the reason for not submitting an assessment task or attending a scheduled in-class assessment task is acceptable to the College the student’s assessment outline will, where possible, be adjusted and mark estimated.

If a student does not submit an out-of-class assessment task or attend a scheduled in-class assessment task, without providing an acceptable reason, the teacher will advise the student and contact the parent/guardian to discuss the impact of the penalty on the student’s grade.

Where an out-of-class assessment task is submitted after the due date, or is not submitted, and the student does not provide a reason which is acceptable to the College, the following penalties apply:

  • 10% reduction in the mark (if submitted one school day late), or
  • 20% reduction in the mark (if submitted two school day late), or
  • 30% reduction in the mark (if submitted three school day late), or
  • a mark of zero (if submitted four or more school days late or not submitted).

Where an in-class assessment task is missed and the student does not provide a reason which is acceptable to the College, the student will receive a mark of zero.

9.0 Reporting student achievement

The College reports student achievement at the end of Semester 1 and at the end of Semester 2. The report provides for each subject:

  • a comment by the teacher
  • a grade