Tairangi School Procedure Statement

ASSESSMENT        NAG 1 Curriculum

        NAG 2 Self Review

The following procedures will be followed by the school:

  1. The school assessment system will be manageable as well as regularly and efficiently undertaken so that it leads towards successful teaching programmes that establish the needs of students and identify learning barriers.
  2. Assessment will build up a picture of what the learner can do and what needs they have.  It will be used to establish the particular point the learner is at in the learning process and will be a stepping point to plan further programmes.
  3. Assessment will become the link between learning and planning.
  4. Assessment will be used to organise activities and programmes, to check their effectiveness and assist in providing new learning outcomes and subsequent teaching.
  5. An assessment timetable will be followed throughout the year.  Assessment will be at set regular intervals that are manageable for both the teachers and students.
  6. Teachers will collect information through a variety of methods, both formal and informal.  These will include:

      NumPA – Use of the numeracy diagnostic interview for students who are

                       new to the school.

                       Use of snapshots in addition/subtraction, multiplication/division,


                       Basic Facts tests (completed termly)

                       Modelling books to collect information about groups/individuals

                       Use of self and peer assessment

                       Anecdotal and lesson evaluation material


      Strand assessments in Statistics, Geometry, Measurement and Algebra

      PAT Mathematics Test – completed in term 4 to provide summative and

      formative data for the next year.

      Junior Assessment in Mathematics assessment tool for the junior


                 Use of OTJ’s (Overall teacher judgements) to establish their curriculum


      Running records in the junior syndicate

      PM Reading assessment for year 1 to year 3 students

      Wedge graph information for the junior syndicate

                SEA - Baseline data for new entrants after being in school for two weeks

      6 year net

      Reading Recovery monitoring – for those students who have been on

      reading recovery.

      Probe Reading Test – for year 4 – 8 students

      STAR Reading Test – for year 3 – 8 students

      Use of OTJ’s to establish their curriculum level

      Day to day observations and anecdotal evidence written in evaluations

      Peer and self assessment

      E-asttle writing for year 1 – 8

      Writing Exemplars can be used to assess those students who have special  

                 needs in writing

                 Use of OTJ’s to establish their curriculum level

                 Spelling – Essential words lists for new entrant to year 3

                                  Daniels and Diack for years 3 – 6

                                  Peters for years 7 - 8

      Those students for whom English is a second language can be assessed

      using the ELLP assessment.

When students first arrive from another school they are given a numeracy diagnostic interview, basic facts test, a probe reading test and a writing sample is collected. This data is discussed with the parents at a meeting approximately two weeks after the student arrives.

  1. Student’s achievement will be discussed with the students and parents at regular intervals throughout the year with achievement data being reported against the National Standards in two written reports.
  2. The method of collecting material will be common to each area in the school wherever possible.
  3. Assessment data will be recorded in the teacher’s monitoring folders.  Selected assessment items will be placed in student individual achievement folders and will build up a cumulative picture of a child’s achievement as he/she moves through the school.  The achievement folder will be presented to each child as they exit the school. (Any published test materials such as Probe, STAR tests, Snapshot tests will need to be removed)
  4. Records will be readily available for discussion with parents/caregivers and other teachers where appropriate.
  5. Methods of assessment will be non-threatening to the student and feedback will be positive and criticism will be constructive where appropriate.
  6. Data will be analysed and interpreted by all staff. Achievement data will be reported to the Board of Trustees after assessments have been carried out.
  7. Planning will include learning outcomes against which the achievements of the learner can be measured.

Updated May 2012

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