Macgregor Primary School has fully implemented the Australian Curriculum. Details about each of these learning areas and the General Capabilities can be found at the following website: Australian Curriculum website
Educators at Macgregor have used a filtering tool to break down the achievement standards and indicators from the Australian Curriculum, into Power Standards; these are essential learnings, building blocks for future years of education, and are part of the guaranteed curriculum at the school. Power standards are shared with the students and aid in the setting of Learning Intentions and Success Criteria for all lessons. They are directly reported against at both mid and end of year formal reports, as well as within the term 3 learning journey and in individual student portfolios.
Assessment and Reporting to Parents
As stated in the Education Directorate's Reporting Policy, 'effective teaching and learning requires that timely, meaningful and comprehensive information on student achievement and progress is provided to students and parents to promote effective home/school partnerships in support of student learning.'
Reporting should foster partnerships between parents and teachers to support a student's learning and progress. Macgregor uses a range of formal reporting strategies, all of which reflect student achievement in relation to the curriculum, both academic and non-academic, as well as their social development. These include:
- Mid semester progress report (term 1)
- End of semester summative reports. (terms 2 and 4)
- End of semester A-E grade for each subject (except preschool and kindergarten)
- Portfolios of annotated work samples. (terms 2 and 4)
- Learning Journeys (term 3)
- Parent-teacher interviews (following semester one reports). (start of term 3)
In addition to these school based reports, students in kindergarten will receive Performance Indicators in Primary School (PIPS) testing results at the start and end of their kindergarten year. This will indicate growth in both reading and in numeracy throughout the year.
Students in years 3 and 5 will also participate in National Assessment and Performance in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing, which provide parents and schools with a quick snap shot of how a student is performing against other students (their age) across Australia.
The key purpose of reporting is to support student learning by providing information to students and parents about student achievement and progress, and to indicate areas for further development.