Assessment

As a school, we assess student learning in a whole variety of ways, including diagnostic and anecdotal data.

This helps us continually improve our teaching methods and learning styles according to the needs of both students and classes.
 
In terms of reporting, we report back to parents in a wide range of ways:
  • At the end of Semesters 1 and 2, parents receive summative reports of their child's progress.
  • We provide parent information evenings and parent-teacher interviews during the year.
  • In direct conversations between parents and teachers.  The best way to know how your child is progressing is to have regular conversations with their teacher.  All teachers share email addresses with parents, all classrooms are open for interaction with parents and we strongly encourage the parent-teacher partnership.

ICAS Testing

At St Catherine’s we understand that some children have interests in specific areas and enjoy extra challenges with their learning. Our school and The University of New South Wales offer Year 2-6 children an opportunity to enrol and participate in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS). ICAS is an independent, quality skills-based assessment program which rewards and recognises achievement. ICAS gives a broad insight into a child’s performance across English, Mathematics, Science, Digital Technologies, Spelling and Writing.

ICAS assessments have taken place annually in schools for over thirty years and in twenty countries. Educational Assessment Australia (EAA), who design and deliver the assessments, is the not-for-profit arm of the University of New South Wales.  Participation in the assessments enables the progress of each student to be mapped in each skill against their previous performance, demonstrating personal improvement. There is an additional cost for participation in the assessments.