There are some changes to reports this semester. Mostly these are the result of changes made centrally to the expectations of how schools write reports. The most significant change is that we are no longer required to report a rating. This was the letter A, B, C, D or E attached to your child’s assessment level. This is a good decision as it means we no longer have to report that a child who is meeting all expectations is a C.
We will continue to make a very specific comment in the text of the report about how well your child is performing in comparison to this expectation and how much progress has been made since this time last year. Both of these are required statements and key to providing real clarity about your child’s performance over the last year. There will still be a visual representation of standards and progress.
The change that we are making internally is to report subjects other than English and Maths under a single heading. This is because we are moving towards an inquiry model of teaching in which we are grouping these other subjects under a single big idea. The Victorian Curriculum is organised in these subjects into a two year cycle. This fits well with an inquiry approach to teaching and learning. We will continue to provide a clear indication of the next steps of learning for all children. We will also continue to encourage parents and children to provide a comment in response to their report.