From the Assistant Principal Curriculum Reporting and Assessment

Bill Weigall, Assistant Principal - Curriculum, Assessment & Reporting

Bill Weigall, Assistant Principal - Curriculum, Assessment & Reporting

Secondary School teachers have just launched their Interim Reports to help parents prepare for the upcoming interviews. These Interim Reports are difficult things to write, based as they are on short and often interrupted periods of teaching. With Year 7 camp taking many staff away from classes for a week, Moderation day and Athletics both taking out a day each, to say nothing of public holidays, staff are still refining their knowledge of student work habits. Please view the reports as a part of that process: a conversation starter for parents and students that will enhance communication and inform teaching and learning.

As I write this, team members are troubleshooting a few frustrating issues with the interview booking system but it is lovely to see how many families have already booked interviews, demonstrating their keen interest in education. For the first time, we are asking that students accompany their parents to the interviews, which we are confident will be a valuable addition to the process and in keeping with our intent to have students aware of their current progress and informed about how to improve.

As many of you know, this same ethos underpins the roll out of On-Line, In-Time (or continuous) reporting for Years 7–10 this semester. For those interested, Teacher Magazine, published by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) recently included an article on the international movement in this direction. As the article discusses, this form of reporting involves a potential tension between teacher workload and the formality of traditional reporting. Teachers have been providing feedback to students and reporting to parents for many years. In the model that Radford has adopted, the less formal but timely student feedback will be made visible to parents too. I am sure that you will appreciate, our staff teach approximately 125 students, each of whom complete at least three tasks a semester; the amount of data that is produced is prodigious. As a consequence, we are asking for your indulgence should a grammatical or typographical error appear.


Students will be asked to complete online reflections on their performance and the feedback provided, ensuring that the feedback is processed and a plan for improvement crystallised. To access this data please open SEQTA – either via Radford Online or through the SEQTA ENGAGE App (instructions sent with a recent email) - and look for the notifications icon.

• On a computer desktop, the notifications icon appears as a golden bell in the top right-hand side of the page with the number of notifications superimposed on it.

• On the app, the number of notifications appears on the app icon as well as on the orange bell in the top right-hand side of the screen, once you open the app.

Alternatively, you can click on Assessments in the drop-down menu on the left and then choose a subject. You will see a list of upcoming assessments by date at the top of the screen with marked items appearing below that. Please read and follow the short instructions on the screen. For clarity the component parts of the assessment task will appear as separate bar graphs indicating relative strengths and weaknesses. Staff have been asked to provide one overarching comment which will appear below on of the bar graphs. Student reflections will be visible there too.

At the end of semester, the overview of performance will still be published but without the retrospective commentary by subject. As ever, we will review the efficacy of this model of reporting and welcome your feedback. You can reach me at bill.weigall@radford.act.edu.au

Finally, this week, I am pleased to inform you that NAPLAN Online will soon be with us again. Our tireless staff are testing Wi-Fi capacity in the new Morison Centre, installing the app on student lap tops, arranging seating plans, preparing to train supervising staff and compiling information to send to parents of students in the NAPLAN Years. If you child is not facing NAPLAN this year we are likely to be in touch about AAS or Allwell testing instead. I hope that you and your charges have had a wonderful start to 2019 and my team and I look forward to working with you for the remainder.

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