Karoonda Area School introduces mid-term reports

Self assessment: Teacher Jaslyn Hocking goes through a mid-term report with year 5 student Tara O'Malley. Photo: Supplied.
Self assessment: Teacher Jaslyn Hocking goes through a mid-term report with year 5 student Tara O'Malley. Photo: Supplied.

Karoonda Area School has taken a new approach to its student reporting system following feedback from a student exchange.

The school now provides mid-term reports for each student in addition to reports at the end of each term.

Principal Daniel Rankine said the extra reporting will open up further communication between the school and home.

“It will also identify to the student what is involved in achieving success, often they see the end result at the end of the year, students will see another student get an A and wonder why, and not see what effort it takes,” he said.

The mid-term reports are based on a student’s effort, not necessarily the result.

It will be produced as a bar-scale with the word minimal at one end, satisfactory in the middle and excellent at the other end and teachers will place a tick on the bar to indicate the student’s effort. 

“We have six criteria that goes towards effort,” Mr Rankine said.

They include the student’s ability to maintain focus, if the student hands work up on time, the student’s persistence, whether the student asks for help after they have had a go and to improve their work, the way the student uses feedback and their participation in class discussion and tasks. 

Each student will receive a scale for each subject and students from year 2 to year 12 will also provide a self assessment which they will then discuss with their teachers.

“It’s been something we have talked about for some time,” Mr Rankine said.

“It came about after a student did an exchange last year (at Cromwell College, New Zealand), they shared their report that they got every two weeks,” he said.

“We felt that every two weeks was possibly excessive and decided to go with mid-terms.”

Mr Rankine said the school had also made a decision to move parent-teacher interviews to term three from term one to make them more productive as term one is busy with several events.

He said so far the comments he had received back about the changes had been positive.