Tips for Understanding Your Child's Reports

National Standards Reporting Requirements

Schools are required to report in relation to the National Standards in writing to parents twice each year. The purpose of this communication is to clarify our approach to reporting on the National Standards. You may also wish to refer to the Board of Trustees' 2010 Statement on National Standards on the Nelson Central School website.

For the first 3 years of a child's schooling children are assessed against the standard in relation to the time he/she has spent at school, not the time of year.

Once your child reaches Year 4, he/she will be assessed in relation to the standard at the end of the year.

This means if your child does not start school as a five year old at the beginning of term 1 for the next 3 years he/she will be assessed in relation to the standard on or near to his/her anniversary.

For simplicity our school will continue to report in writing at the beginning of term 3 and the end of term 4, rather than each time a child has an anniversary!

Reporting at NCS

Each year your child's teacher will report to you three times; including 2 interviews and 2 written reports.

Term 1 Interview - The first reporting is a Term 1 goal setting interview. These interviews are an opportunity for you, your child (if appropriate) and your child's teacher to get together to discuss learning goals for the year.

Term 3 Interview and written Mid Year Reports - The second reporting is a Term 3 interview to discuss your child's progress. These interviews are an opportunity for you, your child (if appropriate) and your child's teacher to discuss how your child has been progressing. You will also be given a written Mid Year Progress Report or Achievement Report (these are below). These written reports focus on Reading, Writing and Mathematics progress. You are welcome to discuss any other curriculum areas or learning needs relevant for your child in the interview.

Term 4 End of Year Report (written) – At the end of term 4 an End of Year written report will be sent home with your child. This report will summarize the progress your child has made across the whole curriculum.

Clarification of Terms

Due to the fact some Y1-3 children will be reaching an anniversary in term 1 or 2 and others in term 3 or 4 our school has adopted two different forms of each report document. These are Progress Towards and Achievement Against report documents. What your Year 1-3 child will receive at each reporting time will depend when he/she began school. All Year 4-6 children will receive Progress Towards reports in Term 3 and Achievement Against reports in Term 4.

Progress Towards Reports – If your child has not reached his/her anniversary since beginning school he/she will receive a Progress Towards report at the reporting time. This report shows how likely your child is to achieve the National Standard by his/her anniversary (Y1-3) or by the end of the year (Y4-6).

Achievement Against Reports - – If your Year 1-3 child has reached his/her anniversary since beginning school he/she will receive an Achievement Against report at the reporting time. This report tells you whether your child was 'Well Below', 'Below', 'At' or 'Above' the National Standard at the time of his/her anniversary (Y1-3) or the end of the year (Y4-6).

If you have any trouble understanding your child's report please discuss this with your child's teacher.

Pip Wells

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