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Assessment Guidelines

Missed Assessments

Students who are absent without a good reason, such as illness, on the day an assessment is to be undertaken may face a penalty.  If there is an unavoidable absence on an assessment day, the student may be asked to complete the assessment task on their return to school.  In some cases an alternative opportunity to demonstrate the assessment outcomes may be arranged.   It is the student’s responsibility to contact the subject teacher to make arrangements regarding a missed assessment.

Overdue Assessments

Students will receive an outline or overview of the unit of study for each of their courses.  This overview will also be placed on the College website.  Students will receive ample notification and explanation of each piece of assessment throughout the Semester.  Students should use the College Diary to record the due date of assessments in their diary as well as record the date that the assessment was given out and when they plan to do the preparation or research for the assessment. In the case of a lengthy piece of work the preparation will be over a period of time.

Overdue assessments normally incur a penalty.

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Extensions

Requests for extensions need to be made to the Deputy Principal (Curriculum).  Extensions are only granted in extreme circumstances.  Request for Extension Forms are available from Student Services. These forms need to be completed and signed by the student, Parent/Guardian and the Deputy Principal (Curriculum) no later than three (3) full school days before an assignment is due.

A letter from a parent on the day that an assessment is due is not acceptable.

Acceptable reasons for extensions or the submission of late assessments include:

 i.          Ongoing hospital treatment.

ii.          Ongoing illness or injury.

iii.          Doctor’s certificate submitted the day a student returns after a long absence.

iv.          Family crisis – note on return or parent contact in advance.

v.          Extended absence such as travel – already granted by the Principal with negotiation on the completion of assessments.

In these circumstances, students may be granted a reprieve from the assessment task (Years 7 – 10), however, if there is an ongoing problem with the submission of assessments by a student, alternative assessments may need to be agreed upon in order to judge the progress of the student.

Unacceptable reasons for not submitting tasks include:

 i.       Computer problems including the breakdown of printers or the absence of toner/ink.

ii.       Saving work in the wrong format.

iii.       Losing work on the computer.

iv.       No access to the internet.

v.       Social reason.

vi.       Extra-curricular activities such as sport.

Students should be prepared to complete work at school during tuition sessions or lunch time in the Computing room in the event of computer problems at home.  Students are encouraged to make use of books and not rely solely on the internet for research.  A USB is listed on the College booklist and should be used to back up all work completed both at home and at school.  In the event of computer breakdown, a handwritten copy of the assessment or a copy saved on a USB may be acceptable.  Please note that students will need to print their work from the USB from the printer provided in the College Library.  Copies will be in Black and White only and will incur a printing cost. 

If a student submits work late without an acceptable reason, there will be a percentage penalty.  A stamp is placed in the diary notifying parents of the non-submission of work.

The following penalties apply for the late submission of assessments:

One day late               10% deduction

Two days late              20% deduction

Three days late           30% deduction

On fourth day              Zero marks but the student is still required
                                    to complete the task.

Cheating

Cheating is engaging in dishonest activity to gain an unfair advantage.  Cheating during assessment tasks is a very serious offence.  Students may be penalised with a lower mark, including 0% and parents/ guardians will be notified.

Procedures for considering evidence of cheating:

 i.       Teacher advises the Deputy Principal (Curriculum)

ii.       Student is interviewed

iii.       Evidence/observations considered and witnesses interviewed.

iv.       Records are kept

v.       Student is penalised with a lower mark, often a deduction of 20% but the penalty may include a total loss of marks.  (Further disciplinary action may also apply.)

vi.       Parent/guardian notified.

Plagiarism and Collusion

Plagiarism is when a student uses the wording or ideas of someone else without acknowledging that they have done so.   That is, they have essentially copied the work of someone else, usually from a book or the internet, and claimed that it is their own work. Correct Referencing procedures are outlined on pages 134 and 135  of the College Diary

Collusion is when a student submits work that is not their own for assessment.  This work may have been taken or copied from someone such as another student, a parent/guardian or tutor.

All work in each assessment task must be the work of the student.

Students are not permitted to:

 i.       Submit work that is not their own, is identical or similar to the work of another person

ii.       Submit work that is identical or similar to a published work unless acknowledgement is given through the use of quotes, footnotes, in-text references and in the Bibliography.

The student and their work will be referred to the Deputy Principal (Curriculum).

The following penalties will apply to collusion or plagiarism:

 i.       A mark of zero for the section that can be identified as copied or plagiarised.

ii.       A mark of zero for the whole assessment if the majority of the assessment is the result of collusion or plagiarism.

iii.      Parents will be notified and further disciplinary action may also apply.

Security of Assessments

Where there is more than one class studying the same unit or course, the assessment tasks will be the same.  In the interest of fairness to all students, the question or test papers will be collected at the end of the assessment session.  In their own interest, students should not discuss the assessment or the questions with other students until all classes have completed the task. Discussion of the assessment or questions may be regarded as cheating and penalties will apply.

Special Needs (Circumstances)

It is recognised that there may be some students who have temporary or permanent special needs that may impact on their ability to perform assessments within the specific guidelines set for a task.  For that reason the class teacher may modify an assessment or give permission for it to be completed in an alternate manner e.g. extra time; using a computer; in a different location, etc. This permission is granted in consultation with the Deputy Principal (Curriculum).  Normally this consideration or alternative arrangements are made after a request has been made in writing from a parent/guardian.  Documentation is generally required with the written application.

 

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