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Assessment and reporting

Clear and timely reporting of your children’s achievements and progress at school is important.

The school and your children’s teachers keep you updated on your children’s progress during the year through:

  • parent-teacher interviews
  • contacting you directly by telephone
  • writing comments in student daily diaries
  • formal reports.

Twice a year report cards are sent home with information about your children’s academic achievements as well as attitude, behaviour and effort. Their teacher also adds comments about their strengths and areas for improvement as well as a request for a parent interview if necessary. The reports are particularly helpful if you change schools.

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.

NAPLAN tests skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May.

NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four areas of:

  • reading
  • writing
  • language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
  • numeracy.

In 2017 and 2018 there will be a number of trial schools who will be participating in NAPLAN Online assessments. All Western Australian schools will then make the transition to NAPLAN Online in 2019. Watch a video about the benefits of embedding ICT into the curriculum.


Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA)

To successfully obtain a Western Australian Certificate of Education, minimum standards of literacy and numeracy must be achieved.

The assessment occurs each year in March and September for young people in Years 10, 11 and 12. Once participants have passed the minimum standard, they are no longer required to sit the assessment again. There are six opportunities to pass this assessment.

Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)

There are a number of directions young people can take to achieve their WACE.

For those who would like to attend university, they can choose academic subjects that count towards their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

Vocational subjects are options for young people wishing to:

  • obtain a trade, apprenticeship or traineeship
  • complete further study at a registered training organisation
  • obtain employment after school.

Additionally, they can choose a mixture of vocational and academic subjects.

Whatever direction chosen, our schools offer the courses and programs to help achieve the goals of young people across the State.