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Assessment And Grading
Learning Areas will adopt similar assessment guidelines wherever possible, but in every course a student will receive a written Course Outline and a summary of the assessment program or Scheme of Assessment.

According to Curriculum Council guidelines students should know:
  • when they will be assessed
  • on what they will be assessed
  • how they will be assessed
  • the weighting given to various assessment tasks
  • consequences of failure to complete or submit assessment tasks
  • attendance requirements

Details of specific types of assessment will be supplied by each Learning Area.
ATTENDANCE
Students must complete the course of study by remaining enrolled in the course and attending classes until the date stipulated by the school.
STUDENTS WHO DO NOT COMPLETE ASSESSMENTS
Students who are legitimately absent will not be penalised. It is also important to protect the interests of students who complete/submit an assessment item on time from being disadvantaged by any student/s who may absent themselves in order to gain extra time.

a) Parents/carers are asked to notify the school about the absence by telephone on the morning of, or prior to, the assessment.

If a student is ill, or legitimately absent for an assessment, students are required to, on the day of return after the absence, show a note of explanation to the subject teacher, before giving it to the Pastoral Care Teacher.

b) Students who miss assessments whilst under suspension will be permitted to complete the assessments on their return to school.

It is the student’s responsibility to initiate and negotiate a time and date for the completion of the assessment. If a student does not negotiate a time and date within one week of their return to school, the student may not be awarded a mark for that assessment.

Students who are absent for a short period will in general complete the assessment at the next class.
In Class Assessments
  • If point (a) is adhered to, and the note provides a satisfactory explanation as determined by the subject teacher, the student will not be penalised. The student may be required to complete an equivalent assessment as negotiated.
  • If there is no satisfactory explanation for not adhering to point (a), it may be left to the discretion of the teacher and Head of Learning Area (HOLA), who may allow them to sit a similar test or assessment item at a later date.

Other Assessments
  • Students are required under Curriculum Council Guidelines to submit all assessments in order to complete a course.
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
It is the responsibility of the student to:
  • complete all course requirements by the due date
  • maintain an assessment file or portfolio for each subject/course and to make it available when required
  • maintain a good record of attendance, conduct and progress. A student who is absent from a class for five lessons or more per term is deemed ‘at risk’ of not achieving the best possible result for the subject/course
  • initiate contact with teachers concerning their absence from class, missed in class assessment tasks, requests for extension of the due date for out-of-class assessment tasks and other relevant issues
CHEATING, COLLUSION AND PLAGIARISM
If cheating in any assessment task and/or examination is established, then the student should anticipate a mark of zero for that component of the assessment program.

Collusion is when a student submits work that is not their own for assessment.

Plagiarism is when a student uses someone else’s words or ideas without acknowledging that they have done so. That is, work is essentially copied.

Collusion and plagiarism may result in a mark of zero being given. Where collusion between students has occurred, all parties concerned may be penalised.
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