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Assessment And Reporting

Assessment
Assessment is “the process of gathering, analysing, interpreting and using information about students' progress and achievement to improve teaching and learning” (http://assessment.tki.org.nz/).

In the past few years, we have put in a lot of work to ensure consistent assessment practice that is aligned to our learning vision and the National Standards requirements.


Purposes
The fundamental purpose of assessment is to support the realisation of our vision, ‘Reaching our Heights and Looking to our Horizons’.  With the vision as our destination and the curriculum our roadmap, assessment shows where the school and individual students are at and the next steps to move towards the envisioned destination.


Principles
  1. Assessment is used to benefit learning.  Data is analysed and interpreted at individual, class, syndicate and school wide levels to ‘affirm and further learning’ (Absolum, Flockton, Hattie, Hipkins and Reid 2009).
  2. Students are at the centre of assessment.  To ‘reach their heights and look to their horizons’, students will need to develop the capability to assess their own learning and identify the next steps.
  3. Assessment is integral to the ‘Teaching as Inquiry’ approach, in which teachers investigate the impact of their teaching and ways to improve their practice and the learning outcomes for their students. 
  4. A range of formal and informal assessment methods from multiple sources and samplings are used to make overall teacher judgements about student learning, progress and achievement.
  5. Home- school partnership is important.  Clear, regular communication of assessment information enables parents and whanau to support their child’s learning.