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Assessment and Reporting


Student assessments should be developed using a standards-referenced approach with the A-E Common Grade Scale as a point of reference for determining student achievement. Feedback should be directed to the achievement of standards and away from comparisons with peers. It is not an indicator of potential, but rather of how evidence from assessments and observations meet the assessment criteria.

Student progress is formally reported to parents with mid-year and end of year reports. These reports also use the A-E Common Grade Scale to indicate the extent to which students have demonstrated the achievement of the outcomes, with a ‘C’ grade indicating that the student is demonstrating achievement of the outcomes.

Parents are partners in the education of their children and are welcome to make appointments to speak with teachers about their child.

The Common Grade Scale shown below can be used to report student achievement in both primary and junior secondary years in all NSW schools:


The student has an extensive knowledge and understanding of the content and can readily apply this knowledge. In addition, the student has achieved a very high level of competence in the processes and skills and can apply these skills to new situations.


The student has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the content and a high level of competence in the processes and skills. In addition, the student is able to apply this knowledge and these skills to most situations.


The student has a sound knowledge and understanding of the main areas of content and has achieved an adequate level of competence in the processes and skills.


The student has a basic knowledge and understanding of the content and has achieved a limited level of competence in the processes and skills.


The student has an elementary knowledge and understanding in few areas of the content and has achieved very limited competence in some of the processes and skills.

For more information, visit the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) website.

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Primary students in Year 3 and Year 5 participate in the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) in May each year. NAPLAN is a part of the National Assessment Program (NAP) and how governments, education authorities and schools can determine whether young Australians are reaching important educational goals. 

Students are assessed using common national tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy.

NAPLAN tests broadly reflect aspects of literacy and numeracy common to curriculums in all States and Territories. The types of test formats and questions are chosen so that they are familiar to teachers and students across Australia. The school and parents are provided with a written report in late Term 3. The data of all students is analysed by the school to inform learning and teaching, to focus on professional learning and develops targets for improvement. The MySchool website provides parents and students with information on each school’s performance in NAPLAN. 

For more information, visit the National Assessment Program (NAP) website.

Did You Know: St Brigid's made national news for its 'substantially above average learning gains' in NAPLAN in both reading and numeracy! Read more here 


The transition from the current paper-based tests to computer-based assessments is currently underway in schools across the country – including at St Brigid's. NAPLAN Online will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information. The assessments can run through a real-time internet connection or onscreen without an internet connection.

More information about NAPLAN Online on the NAP website and in the 'Understanding NAPLAN Online' video below. Our Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong NAPLAN Online Support Site also provides information about about NAPLAN Online for parents and carers in CEDoW schools.