1. We aim to provide quality, Christ-centred education for all students. As such, the College will provide equitable assessment of a high standard in the delivery of all Year 11-12 courses.
2. This policy reflects the importance of assessments in Years 11-12 and their contribution towards a student’s final Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) grades and graduation requirements. Year 11 and Year 12 students must also be trained for the assessment procedures they will likely encounter should they pursue tertiary education (TAFE and university). This policy takes into consideration the most up-to-date information available from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA). Some sections may be subject to change, and students will be notified if this is the case.
3. This policy applies to students, parents, and teaching staff.
4. The Head of Students (Year 10-12) is responsible for the implementation of this policy.
This policy should be read in conjunction with the following documents:
It is the student’s responsibility to:
It is the responsibility of the teacher to:
1. A grade is assigned for each course if the student completes the College’s education and assessment program within the given timeframe. Students are required to:
2. Unless there is a reason that is acceptable to the College, failure to attend a scheduled in-class assessment task or to submit an out-of-class assessment task on time may result in the student either:
Note: A ‘U’ notation will result in no record of this course unit or subject on the student’s Statement of Results from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority and may affect their achievement of a WACE.
3. Where a student is likely to experience difficulty meeting a deadline, they must discuss the matter with their teacher at the earliest opportunity before the due date. One extension per subject, per semester, may be granted to students who apply before the due date. For any late out-of-class assessment task, where the student does not provide a reason which is acceptable to the College, the following schedule of penalties will be applied:
4. For any missed in-class assessment task where the student does not provide a reason which is acceptable to the College, a mark of zero will be recorded. Absence from a specially scheduled assessment task must be verified (addressed to the Director of Students for Year 11 and 12) by one of the following:
5. If a student does not submit an assessment task or attend a scheduled in-class assessment task (or these absences occur regularly), the teacher will contact the parent/guardian to discuss the risk of the student not completing the course unit and to negotiate a solution.
6. In the case of a prolonged absence where a student is unable to attend school for a lengthy period of time due to injury or illness, the College will endeavour to provide support to the student’s learning program. As soon as possible, the student or parent must meet with the Head of Students to discuss alternative arrangements.
7. SCSA regulations state that a minimum of 85% of classes must be attended and assessments completed before an end of year grade/mark can be submitted.
1. The penalty for non-submission or non-completion will be waived if the student provides a reason that is acceptable to the College. For example:
2. In such cases the parent/guardian must:
3. Where the student provides a reason acceptable to the College for the non-submission or non-completion of an assessment task the teacher will:
4. Events that can be rescheduled are not a valid reason for non-completion or non-submission of an assessment task (e.g. sitting a driver’s licence test or preparation for the College Ball, etc.).
5. Family holidays during the term are not considered a valid reason for non-completion or non-submission of an assessment task. In exceptional circumstances, the parent/guardian may negotiate the development of an IEP (individual education plan) with the Director of Students for Year 11 and 12.
This plan shows how the missed lesson time will be compensated for and any modifications to the assessment outlines for each course unit will be stipulated. The plan will be discussed with the parent/guardian and provided to the student.
1. It is the responsibility of any student who transfers into a class from the same course at another school to provide the College with the details of all completed assessment tasks and reports. The relevant person in the College will then contact the previous school to determine:
2. Marks may need to be statistically adjusted and, where necessary, adjustments and an IEP developed. This may be negotiated as necessary.
1. It is important that all students are treated fairly in the assessment of their work, and that they are assessed for work they have done and not for work done partly or wholly by someone else. Work submitted for assessment must be the work of the student. Students need to be very careful about working together with other students or using the work of other students, or any other written material in completing assessable work.
2. There are certain rules which must be followed. This policy statement is to make clear the extent to which working together is permissible, and the penalty for copying or cheating. The words usually used to describe these actions are cooperation, collusion, and plagiarism.
3. Students shown to have compromised the integrity of their own work through cheating, collusion, or plagiarism will not have that work accepted as valid evidence of their achievement.
4. If a student is believed to have engaged in cheating, collusion, or plagiarism, the teacher will refer the matter to the relevant Director of Students at the College. Where a student permits others to copy their work they will also be penalised.
5. The College acknowledges that the issue of appropriate use of the Internet for research and information must be addressed in classes where the Internet is used. Where a student is deemed to have inappropriately copied/plagiarised work from the Internet, similar consequences to ‘traditional’ plagiarism will apply.
6. Where collusion or deliberate plagiarism is discovered, the Head of Students will be informed and shown the assessment. The assessment will be corrected as usual, but the reasons for giving a mark of zero will be written on the assessment by the teacher. The student(s) concerned will be interviewed and the following penalties will apply:
The assessment will be corrected as usual, but the reasons for giving a mark of zero will be written on the assessment by the teacher.
A list of all sources of information should be provided at the end of every piece of work under the heading ‘References’. Items should be listed in alphabetical order, by author if there is one, or by title if there is no author. References will be included in the teacher’s assessment of the work.
Any sources of information which a student uses should be listed at the end of the assessment and refer to the sources of information obtained. See the examples below for a minimum referencing standard.
A list of all sources of information should be provided at the end of every piece of work under the heading ‘References’, using the following layout. Items should be listed in alphabetical order by author if there is one, or by title if there is no author.
Note that one column should be used for the author and another for all the other information. If there is no author given, leave the column blank for that item.
Haddock, K. Modern Earthmoving Machines. (Hudon, Wisconsin: Iconografix, 2011), pp. 18-25.
Talbott, S. ‘Now for a Moscow Peace Conference’, Time Australia. Vol. 6, No. 45, 11 November 2001, p. 20.
Comstock, G. ‘Television’, World Book Encyclopedia. Vol. 19. (Chicago: World Book, 2014), pp. 110-129.
Seven Nightly News [Television broadcast]. Perth: TVW Enterprises. 16 February 2014.
Rehoboth Christian College Home Page [Online], World Wide Web: URL: http://rehoboth.wa.edu.au (Accessed 16 February 2014) (or whatever the date the student last accessed it was).
Any information taken from another source must be acknowledge in the following way, whether the wording has been altered or not. After the information, the author’s surname, the publication date of the source, and the page number on which the information is found should be written in brackets. The correct layout is as follows:
(Comstock, 1990: 125)
Any information taken directly from another source must be written inside inverted commas and then acknowledged. For example:
‘The Canadian people own about 12 million television sets, or 474 for every 1,000 people’ (Comstock, 2014: 125).
Any information taken from another source where the student has altered the wording slightly should not be written in inverted commas, but must still be acknowledge as shown:
There are 474 television sets for every 1,000 people in Canada (Comstock, 2014: 125).
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