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Middle school assessment requirements
At Genesis Christian College, our assessment submission process is designed to be fair and reasonable for all students. Issues arise when the process is not followed or an inconsistent approach is taken. It is, therefore, very important that teachers follow the process outlined below and that parents and guardians support us.
- Check point dates and due dates are clearly indicated on all assessment task sheets that students receive. Planning around these dates is important so that they are met.
- An assessment schedule is also provided to each student at the beginning of term to enable this planning to occur.
- If a check point date is not met, parents can expect a phone call from the subject teacher. The teacher, together with the parent/guardian, will negotiate a revised check point date not more than two days thereafter.
- If the renegotiated date is still not met, the teacher will instigate a detention where the student will complete the work required. If non-compliance is still an issue, the student will be referred to the Year Level Coordinator and appropriate action will be taken.
- Checkpoints require students to submit two drafts. One is marked and returned to the student and the other is kept by the teacher. The copy that is kept is marked in the event of a student failing to hand in the final copy on time.
- Final assessment submissions are due at the commencement of the specified lesson. This means that the assessment piece is printed and submitted with the marked draft and task sheet attached. If a student is at home ill, the assessment must be emailed to the classroom teacher or delivered to the school by the commencement of the specified lesson.
- In the event that an assessment piece is not submitted on the due date, a phone call will be made to the parent/guardian. The assignment will receive a half point deduction for each day late i.e. “B+” will become a “B”. Only two such deductions may be made before the draft is marked as the final submission. In the event of this happening, the student will be referred to the Year Level Coordinator and they will still be expected to complete and hand in a final copy to satisfy course specifications.
- Where a doctor’s certificate or other sufficient documentation can be supplied, an extension can be granted. Students will need to follow the extension process immediately by collecting a form from Student Reception and passing it onto the relevant staff members.
- Computer issues and printing problems are not grounds for extension. Students are able to utilise the library for access to computers.
- Where a student has had extended time away from school prior to a due date, the student should apply for an extension at the earliest possible time and a minimum of two days prior to the due date. This extension form must also be accompanied with sufficient documentation to support the request.
Please be aware that this policy is derived from the QSA (Queensland Studies Authority) guidelines to ensure equity across schools in dealing with late submissions. It is important that students prioritise assessment dates so that folios of work accurately reflect their capabilities.
Please note that parents need to refer to the process as outlined for the senior years, if their students are in Years 10, 11 or 12.
If you have any concerns or require further clarification, please contact Mrs Janet Barker, Head of Learning and Teaching.