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Assessing and Reporting Student Achievement

Assessing and Reporting Student Achievement

What assessment methods are used for the award or documentation issued to Year 10 students in each state or territory?
How is this assessment reported?
Who is the certifying authority at the completion of Year 10 in each state?
What is the award or documentation that is issued on completion of Year 10 by the certification body in each state or Territory?
What must students do to be eligible for the award or documentation issued on completion of Year 10 in each state or Territory?

What assessment methods are used for the award or documentation issued to year 10 students in the Australian Capital Territory? 

In assessing student achievement for the award of the ACT Year 10 School Certificate, and the Information and Communication Technology Competencies (ICT) Certificate internal (school based) assessment is used.

 The Year 10 School Certificate is issued to students who have successfully completed an approved program of study to the end of year 10.  Successful completion includes academic performance, attendance and conduct.  The principal of the school makes the decision on the awarding of the Year 10 School Certificate.

 Students, who are not eligible to receive the Year 10 School Certificate, will be issued with a High School Record.  A High School Record is issued by the school and lists courses undertaken and grades earned by students in years 9 – 10.

 The ICT Competencies Certificate is issued to year 10 students who have successfully demonstrated competencies in fifteen prescribed elements during years 9 and 10.  The assessment is school based with teachers entering students’ achievement on a database. 

 How is this assessment reported?

 Internal (school based) assessment is reported on the Year 10 School Certificate and High School Record.  They provide a cumulative record of all courses completed in years 9 and 10.  Student achievement is reported as a grade (A to E) or a Descriptive Report (DR) referenced against descriptions of achievement.

 Grades are not subjected to moderation and therefore comparison of student achievement between schools is not appropriate.

 There are no levels of competency reported on the ICT Competencies Certificate.  Students are deemed to be competent when they have successfully demonstrated all competencies.

 Who is the certifying authority at the completion of year 10 in the ACT?

 The issuing of a Year 10 School Certificate is at the discretion of the principal of the school.

 What is the award or documentation that is issued by schools in the ACT on completion of year 10?

 The reporting at the end of year 10 includes the processing of student results collected over years 9 and 10, and the awarding of one or more of the following:

  1.  Year 10 School Certificate
  2.  High School Record
  3.  Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Competencies Certificate (for government high schools)
  4. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Competencies Progress Reports (for government high schools)

 What must students do to be eligible for the award or documentation issued on completion of year 10 in the ACT?

 To be eligible for the award of the Year 10 School Certificate, students are required to attend a government school or a registered non-government school.  This is usually for a period of four years between the ages of 11 and 16 years.

 The issuing of a Year 10 School Certificate is at the discretion of the principal of the school and is based on the following criteria: 

Attendance

A student’s attendance must be within acceptable levels as determined by the principal.

 Academic Study

A student must complete an approved course of study.  The principal of the school has the authority to decide if a student’s achievements are satisfactory for the successful completion of an approved course of study.

 Conduct

A student’s conduct must be acceptable within the student management principles and policies of the individual school.  The principal of the school has the authority to decide if a student’s conduct is satisfactory.

 A High School Record will be issued to students as part of their exiting procedure, when they are transferring to another school within the ACT or when they are leaving the ACT system.  It can also be issued to any student leaving at the end of Year 10 who has not met the requirements for the award of a Year 10 School Certificate.

 The school issues a High School Record to the leaving student that lists the courses undertaken and grades earned by the student in years 9-10 while attending that school.

 An Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Competencies Certificate is issued to year 10 students (Government schools only) who have successfully completed all the requirements for this award during years 9 – 10.

 An Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Competencies Progress Report is issued to students who have not met the requirements for the award of an ICT Competencies Certificate.

 

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