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Currambine Catholic Primary School. Student Reporting 2011. Rationale for Change. The reporting system has changed: in preparation for the implementation of the Australian Curriculum to bring alignment across the system and the state

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Currambine Catholic Primary School

Student Reporting


Rationale for Change

The reporting system has changed:

  • in preparation for the implementation of the Australian Curriculum

  • to bring alignment across the system and the state

  • to enable a more seamless transfer of data between schools and CEOWA in the future

  • due to requirements in federal funding agreements

National Reporting Regulations

  • As required by the Schools Assistance Act 2008, all school and system authorities must provide reports to the parents or carers of each child twice a year that:

  • (a) use plain language, and are readily understandable by each person responsible for the student; and

  • (b) give an accurate and objective assessment of the student’s progress and achievement; and

  • (c) include an assessment of the student’s achievement, against any available national standards; and

  • (d) are relative to the performance of the student’s peer group at the school; and

  • (e) include, for subjects studied, an assessment of the student’s achievement reported as A, B, C, D and E (or an equivalent five‐point scale), clearly defined against specific learning standards.; and

  • (f) NAPLAN results.

Primary Report

Work Party

In 2006, a decision was made by the Catholic Education Office to report in 5 descriptors of grades, rather than the A-E used in DET schools.  This allowed Catholic Primary Schools in WA to meet the needs of the Federal and State requirements for reporting to parents but still maintain a student focussed reporting method.

Catholic primary schools are currently using the reporting package MyMart V2 using the descriptors:

Progress towards Minimum standard (PS)

Minimum Standard (MS)

Progressing towards target (PT)

At Target (T)

Above Target(AT)

Primary Report

Work Party

With the introduction of the Australian Curriculum and the pilot of MyMart V3 the Catholic Education Office has agreed on the use of grade descriptors for the 5 achievement levels A – E.

This format was trialled by 4 schools in Semester One 2010.

All Catholic primary schools have moved to the new format of reporting in 2011.


The A-E grade scale summarises the standard (or quality) of achievement associated with each grade. The scale describes:

  • the depth of knowledge and understanding, and

  • the range of skills that students working at that standard typically show.


  • Schools will use A-E grading informed by the Department of Education (DoE) statements of Expected Standards (C Descriptors) and A-E student exemplars.

  • Teachers exercise their professional judgement when monitoring students’ progress and determining grades for reporting.

Teachers use a variety of methods, tools and resources to support them to assess student achievement, including, but not restricted to:

  • anecdotal records

  • audio and visual recordings

  • checklists

  • marking keys

  • portfolios

  • records of test results

  • observation notes

  • annotated work samples

  • reflection sheets, diaries

  • scrapbooks

  • rubrics

  • sample assessment items

  • student / teacher journals

Teachers can then compare their students’ achievements with the standards represented by each grade, and make an on-balance professional judgement about the grade that is most appropriate to summarise each student’s achievement.


  • Teachers allocate grades based on what is taught and achievement demonstrated up to that point.

  • When determining a grade at the end of semester 1, teachers take into account the progress a student has made towards those standards. To make this on-balance professional judgement, teachers:

  • consider what a student can already do;

  • consider the knowledge, understanding and skills covered up to that point in time;

  • compare student achievement with the standards represented by each grade; and

  • give the grade that best matched what a student has achieved in relation to the standard achieved so far.

Ongoing Progress

  • Expected progress is the maintenance of a grade.

  • If a student receives the same grade for two consecutive reports they have made progress.

  • Achievement Standards: English – Year 6

  • C Grade Descriptors

  • Achievement Standards: Mathematics – Year 6

  • C Grade Descriptors

  • Achievement Standards: Religious Education – Year 6

  • C Grade Descriptors

General Subjects – Year 6

  • Health

  • PE

  • Society & Environment

  • Science

General Subjects – Year 6

  • Music

  • Technology & Enterprise

  • LOTE

Report Layout

A-E Definitions

Semester Report

Students’ achievement of the learning outcomes will be:

- Graded on an A - E grade system;

- End of Semester achievement levels;

- Referenced to DET standards and grade descriptors;

- Averaged to provide an overall achievement

grade for the learning area

  • General Comments – Year 6

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