REPORTING AT MAUNGAWHAU SCHOOL

The removal of National Standards – What next for Maungawhau?

At Maungawhau we understand and appreciate the value that National Standards has provided to schools since 2010. While the new Minister of Education has announced that schools are no longer required to report against or use National Standards, we are not abandoning them totally.

What will we be using and reporting against?

Moving forward we will be using the Maths, Reading and Writing Standards as a guide to inform teachers about what is required by our learners at each year level. We will also use resources such as the Learning Progression Frameworks (LPF’s) to help us make consistent and robust decisions about student learning. Specific assessments administered by teachers previously will remain and will continue to be used by teachers to inform their programme. We will continue to report to parents with accurate and valid data, regarding your child’s progress which will be measured against National Curriculum Levels – http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/The-New-Zealand-Curriculum. Teachers will still be using the same assessment tools to gather data on students’ learning.

What will change?

Long before schools were required to report against National Standards, teachers were measuring student progress against National Curriculum Levels. This is something we have always done and will continue to do. You will be pleased to know that we are not making any major changes to assessment or reporting. The only area you may notice is that instead of having a National Standard in the report, you will now see a National Curriculum Level.

What does “Curriculum Level” mean?

There are 8 Curriculum levels which stretch across years 1-13 of schooling. While attending primary school children are typically expected to be learning between levels 1-3 of the New Zealand Curriculum. You can follow this link to find more detailed information, then click on the PDF entitled ‘Curriculum achievement objectives by level’.  

What are the Learning Progression Frameworks (LPF’s)?

The learning progression frameworks illustrate the significant steps that learners take as they develop their expertise in reading, writing, and mathematics from years 1 to 10. Teachers can use the frameworks to identify students’ reading, writing, and mathematics knowledge and skills. Teachers can also use the frameworks to plan programmes that provide learning opportunities which will enable students to succeed at intermediate school and beyond.

For more information regarding the terminology mentioned above, please visit the following sites;

Note: National Standards remain on anniversary reports (years 1-3) as these have been continually sent out since the beginning of the year but this report format will be reviewed for 2019.

Student Led Conferences

Student led conferences are an opportunity for the child, parent and teacher to work together in a partnership. Students share their work, discuss the progress they have made and their next learning steps.  An opportunity will be given to discuss the report.  If you would like to discuss anything privately about your child, please contact you classroom teacher to arrange a separate meeting.  Students in their early years at school may receive support to share their learning and next learning steps.

Anniversary and Mid-Anniversary Reports 

Students in their first three years at school receive an anniversary report and a mid-anniversary report each year.  These reports go home with the students at the end of the month that coincides with their time at school.  Anniversary reports go home at 40, 80 and 120 weeks.  Mid-anniversary reports go home at 20, 60 and 100 weeks.

Although assessment is on-going throughout the year, children are formally assessed twice a year at the time of their anniversary and mid-anniversary in reading, writing, maths and essential skills.

In reading and writing we report on the student’s:

  • Current reading and writing levels
  • Effort
  • A personal progress comment
  • Next steps

In maths we report on the student’s

  • Current knowledge and basic facts stages
  • Current strategy stages for the three domains: addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, ratios and proportions
  • Effort
  • A personal progress comment
  • Next steps

A continuum shows the student’s progress in developing their essential skills.

Student led conferences for our anniversary and mid-anniversary children are held within two weeks of the report going home.  Parents will be advised by letter about making a suitable time with the teacher.  One afternoon will be set aside but please make alternative time with the teacher if this time is not suitable.

Students in years 0-3 who have started school before the 30th October, will receive an end of year progress report on the 7th December. Teachers will comment on reading, writing, maths and a general comment.

Reports and Student-Led Conferences in Years 4-6

The Mid-Year Report is sent home with the child at the end of Term 2.  This will be followed by student led conferences mid Term 3.  Year 4 students who have their 120 week anniversary in term one will receive an anniversary report in place of the mid-year report, and have their student led conference at this time in place of a student led conference in Term 2.

At the end of the year, a final school report will be sent home with your child.

Both the mid-year and end of year reports include:

For reading and writing the student’s:

  • Current reading and writing level
  • A personal progress comment
  • Next steps at mid-year

In maths we report on the student’s

  • Current knowledge and basic facts stages
  • Current strategy stages for the three domains: addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, ratios and proportions
  • A personal progress comment
  • Next steps at mid-year

The end of year report also includes comments on Health and Physical Education, Inquiry, The Arts, Music and a general comment.