Assessment and Reporting
A range of assessment tools is used to identify learning needs and determine the next learning steps. This information helps to determine teaching direction and inform the overall teacher judgment on student achievement.
These tools include:
asTTle (Assessment Tools for Teaching and Learning)
asTTle Reading, Mathematics and Writing are assessment tools developed for the Ministry of Education by the University of Auckland, and enable teachers to track the progress and achievement of both individual students and groups of students, against national standards.
asTTle Tests are administered at the beginning of the year to set levels and identify learning needs, and again at the end of the year to monitor progress.
PAT – Progressive Achievement Tests
These are standardised tests developed specifically for use in New Zealand schools.
In Term One we administer the PAT Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, Reading Vocabulary and Listening tests to set levels and identify learning needs. These are multiple-choice tests, which cover all aspects of the New Zealand Curriculum.
Probe - Prose Reading Observation Behaviour and Evaluation of Comprehension
PROBE determines the reading accuracy and comprehension of students.
Schonell Spelling Tests
These reveal a 'Spelling Age,' to be compared with the student's chronological age.
GLOSS and IKAN
These assessments are used within the Numeracy component of Maths.
The Reporting Cycle at Dilworth Junior Campus is as follows:
Early in Term 1: 'Meet the Teachers'
- Schoolwide philosophies and programmes are introduced.
- Individual teachers address their students' caregivers and outline teaching philosophies and the class programme for the year.
End of Term 1: Interim Report
- A general written statement from the class teacher and Housemaster, reporting on the settling-in period.
End of Term 2: Mid Year Report and Parent-Teacher Interview
- A written report on progress in Curriculum areas and the Boarding House, to be discussed at the Parent-Teacher Interview.
- Copies of Standardised Test results are included in this report.
End of Term 4: End-of-Year Report
- A full and detailed written report on the year's progress, both academically and socially.