Para Meadows School

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Assessment and reporting


Our teachers use a variety of strategies to assess student learning. These include observing work in class and looking closely at tasks throughout the year.

Twice a year, teachers formally assess a student’s achievement based on three set SMART (simple, measurable, achievable, relevant, timely) goals which are aligned with corresponding syllabus content. Students are also assessed against outcomes described in the syllabus of each KLA (key learning area). A written report is sent home in the first half of the year, usually near the end of Term 2, and again in Term 4. This gives a clear picture of your child’s learning.


Continuums plot students to a school standardised set of indicators which are inclusive to all the learning needs of our students. 

Para Meadows staff are currently developing continuums for use in all key learning areas. Each continuum plots students across twelve clusters that have been determined for use within Para Meadows School. Continuums combine learning indicators from the K-6 and LifeSkills Syllabus as well as customised early foundation (pre kindergarten) indicators that are not found in the Australian curriculum. 

We are currently also reviewing the NSW learning progressions for inclusion within our existing continuums.

At present, we have finalised continuums for literacy, numeracy and science & technology with accompanying assessment tools.

Students are plotted on each continuum once per semester and records are passed to new teachers at the end of term four, for the start of the new school year. Student achievement records assist staff in planning appropriate and individualised learning activities within the key learning areas.

Download and view the following continuums:

In Years 7 to 10, we use the common grade scale in reporting. In Year 11, we use the Preliminary grade scale.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are assessed on achievement of competencies.