Reporting to Parents

To give parents the very best opportunity to be involved with their child’s education, we conduct formal Parent/Teacher Sharing throughout the year and send home Student Reports. Puckapunyal Primary School uses student reports and formal interviews to report student progress in a useful and comprehensive manner. At any stage of the year, parents and teachers may request an interview to raise a concern and we encourage close links between families & School as we strive to work together to achieve the best outcomes.

 

Parent/Teacher Sharing

Week 7 of Term 1

Last week of Term 2

End of Year (if requested)

 

Student Reports

End of Term 2

End of Term 4

 

 

About Reports…

 

All Victorian schools have to use a standard report structure designed by the Department of Education. At Puckapunyal P.S., assessment and reporting procedures are consistent with the guidelines outlined in the National Curriculum.

 

Student Report cards provide parents with clear, comprehensive and consistent information about their child’s progress in Year Prep to Year 10, as well as suggestions on how to best support their child’s learning.

 

During the evaluation process, information about children is gathered from testing programs, anecdotal records, informal observation and parent/teacher interviews.

 

It must be remembered that throughout their school lives children of approximately the same age will vary greatly in achievement. This occurs because of individual differences in intellectual, physical, emotional and social maturity. Consequently, teachers do not expect all children in their class to attain the same scholastic levels, but rather that they work positively and energetically towards the highest standard of which they are capable, doing their personal best! –‘Striving for Excellence’ (school motto). These reports will grade all students with rating codes compared to Department expectations.

 
What is AusVELS?

AusVELS is the Australian Curriculum in Victoria. The curriculum and assessment framework was implemented in 2013 in Government Schools from prep-Year 10. AusVELS uses a new 11 level structure which reflects the design of the Australian Curriculum whilst retaining the Victorian priorities and approaches to teaching and learning. AusVELS replaces VELS – Victorian Essential learning Standards that have been used in schools since 2006.

 

The 11 level structure of AusVELS (Foundation to Level 10) assists teachers to make judgements on student learning against common standards, to report student achievement and show progress over time.

 

How have reports changed?

Student reports in 2013 will be against the 11 AusVELS levels. As new Australian Curriculum subjects are developed the content will be phased into AusVELS over time.

 

The first 4 Australian Curriculum subjects that have been implemented in 2013 are English, Mathematics, Science and History. These subjects have new content which has only been taught this semester; therefore progress will be shown for 6 months from June to December.

 

A translation table of VELS to AusVELS can be found below:

 

 

The following table indicates the correlation between AusVELS levels and grade levels: Prep = Foundation, Years 1/2 = Level 2, Years 3/4 = Level 3, Years 5/6 = Level 4

 

Nominal Year Level

Prep

1

2

3

4

5

6

VELs 2012

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

AusVELs2013

Foundation

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

 

 

The Performance Rating codes used in the report for the Curriculum are :

A. 12 months - 2 years ahead of Year Level expectations for this time of the year

B. 6 months - 1 year ahead of Year Level expectations for this time of the year

C. At Year Level expectations for this time of the year

D. 6 months - 1 year below Year Level expectations for this time of the year

E. 12 months - 2 years below Year Level expectations for this time of the year

 

NB - a ‘C’ is the desired expectation for any student at all Year levels. Some students will receive a ‘B’ and fewer students again will receive an ‘A’.

 

For further info visit http://ausvels.vcaa.vic.edu.au/