19 – 39 Landy Road, Jacana Victoria 3047

Jacana School for Autism

(03) 9309 6258

jacana.school@education.vic.gov.au

19 – 39 Landy Road

Jacana Victoria 3047

8:00am - 4:30pm

Monday to Friday

(03) 9309 6258

jacana.school@education.vic.gov.au

19 – 39 Landy Road

Jacana Victoria 3047

07:30 - 17:00

Monday to Friday

Assessment and Reporting

Personalised Learning and Support Plans

The JSA curriculum offers flexibility for teachers to tailor their teaching in ways that provide rigorous, relevant and engaging learning and assessment opportunities for all students. Students will engage with the curriculum with the necessary adjustments made to the curriculum content and how students demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding. Each student’s individual characteristics will dictate the type of adjustments, what supports are required, when they are required and what good progress ‘looks like’. High expectations ensure that a student’s disability is not a barrier to their success.

The PLSP process provides a structure for ensuring all students are engaged in the classroom curriculum; they will:

  • sit within whole-school curriculum planning
  • link to a student’s learning goals developed by the SSG
  • include age-appropriate learning activities and assessment tasks
  • allow for alternative learning pathways for demonstrating achievement
  • include suggested home activities, if appropriate
  • identify next steps in a student’s learning
  • have agreed dates for ongoing monitoring and review, through the SSG process.

PLSP goals will include the Learning Areas:

English, Maths, Critical & Creative Thinking and Personal & Social Capabilities.

Assessment

Assessment is the ongoing process of gathering, analysing and interpreting, using and reflecting on evidence to make informed and consistent judgements to improve future student learning.

Assessment at JSA will aim to:

  • improve student performance
  • understanding of how students learn
  • be an integral component of course design and not something to add afterward
  • provide useful information to report to parents on student achievement
  • provide clarity of purpose, goals, standards and criteria
  • provide a variety of measures
  • use valid, reliable and consistent methods
  • focus to outcomes and processes
  • be ongoing rather than episodic
  • involve feedback and reflection.

To assess student performance, JSA will use an integrated approach to assessment across a number of learning areas. In assessing students, teachers will:

  • collect a variety of evidence through using a range of strategies
  • consider alternative or authentic ways in which students can demonstrate achievement based on the goals developed in their PLSP.

The Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (ABLES) program will be completed for all students during Semester 2 of each year. ABLES will be used to describe skills and abilities that teachers have observed in everyday school and classroom contexts and during interactions with other students; moderation will be completed to support the accuracy of the assessments. ABLES provides a tool to effectively assess, monitor and respond to a student’s abilities by:

  • Accurately identifying and setting learning goals for students.
  • Tracking a student’s progress over time, and providing new information to parents on their child’s learning and development.
  • Identifying optimal resources that are known to improve learning, which can be adjusted as the learning needs of students change over time.

Reporting Student Achievement

Reporting is the process of communicating comprehensive information about student achievement and learning at a point in time.

JSA Reports provide parents with a clear picture of their child’s progress at the end of a specified period of time that demonstrates:

  • where their child is on the learning continuum
  • how well their child is progressing towards expected levels of achievement and personalised learning goals and targets
  • where their child will need to improve and what the next steps in their learning will be.

SSG goals and PLPs provide an important focus for reporting to parents. JSA will report what has been taught in the semester and to Personalised learning Plans (PLP).

In reporting student learning progress to parents, JSA teachers will clearly identify the areas of strength and areas for improvement for each individual student. Reporting student achievement to parents will be supported through student work samples, portfolios, parent, student and teacher conferences, and student self-assessment.

Semester 1 Reports will include the Learning Areas:

English, Maths, Visual Arts and/or Music & Dance, Health & Physical Education, Humanities, Technologies, Personal & Social Capabilities and Creative & Critical Thinking Capabilities

Semester 2 Reports will include the Learning Areas:

English, Maths, Visual Arts and/or Music & Dance, Health & Physical Education, Science, Technologies, Personal & Social Capabilities and Creative & Critical Thinking Capabilities

The four-point scale enables JSA Teachers to provide a greater level of detail to parents about their child’s achievement and progress (as below).

1 Beginning

The students begins to demonstrate the skill in situations familiar to them.

2 Consolidating

The student demonstrates the skill in situations familiar to them.

3 Establishing

The student begins to apply the skill in familiar situations.

4 Extending

The student applies the skill in both familiar and unfamiliar situations.

Curriculum Review

The aim of a Curriculum Review is to improve our implementation of the Victorian Curriculum F-10 by refining, realigning and reducing the existing content of our teaching and learning programs and units of work throughout the school. Apart from the Assistant Principal (Curriculum Development, Assessment and Reporting) ultimately overseeing all curriculum planning and its delivery, the following actions contribute to a broad, comprehensive curriculum review occurs:

Whole School

  • Establishing a school wide strategic focus on implementing measureable achievements and milestones to underpin the ‘Building Practice Excellence’ and Curriculum Planning and Assessment’ dimensions of the FISO 2.0, in our AIP for 2022
  • Review of our annual Whole School PLSP Goal Achievement as a percentage measure of learning engagement and student success across each curriculum area
  • Align and report upon annual Whole School PLSP Goal Achievement to our school wide student learning goal focus in our AIP by our School Improvement Team to support planning of future implementation in subsequent years

Curriculum Area/Units of Work

  • Curriculum Team Leaders ensure that units of work align with the Victorian Curriculum (thus the relevant JSA 3-year Scope and Sequence)
  • The Assistant Principal (CDAR) administers a school wide teacher survey seeking explicit feedback relevant to each curriculum area each term to inform the team of any enablers, barriers and suggestions for change.

Sub Schools/Teaching and Learning

  • Review of our Sub School PLSP Goal Achievement Scores as a percentage measure of student learning success across each curriculum area
  • Sub School Leaders conduct weekly and ongoing collaborative review of our classroom teachers’ broad Teaching and Learning Programs: shared feedback regarding links to the Victorian Curriculum, and both implementation of HITS teaching strategies are applied and suitable Tier 1 Reasonable Adjustments are administered to their students
  • Classroom Teams, Sub School Leaders and therapists attend weekly Classroom Team Meetings to review students’ planned reasonable adjustments and learning goal progress across all curriculum areas following an annual cycle.