St John Bosco College regards assessment as an important and integral aspect of the teaching and learning process. Effective assessment processes assist students to develop awareness of their own knowledge and skills. Appropriate assessment practices and procedures are essential to ensure justice and equity in the assessment process.

It is hoped that the following makes clear the College’s Practices and Procedures pertaining to assessment:

Rules, Practices and Procedures

Each student is expected to abide by the reasonable expectations set out by each subject teacher.

Each student will be expected to complete each assessment task and assignment as set out by each subject and within this handbook, along with other tasks that the teacher presents to students along the way. Note that this expectation will be maintained even after the assessment has been marked and grades/marks awarded. That is even if a student does not present a piece of assessment on the due date without a valid reason, it is expected that the student will complete the task in all cases. This may involve students doing so as part of a Tuesday afternoon Detention or via another means as indicated by the class teacher.

Assessment Tasks are to be submitted at the start of the subject on the day they are due. If students do not have that subject on the due date then it must be submitted no later than 3.20pm that day (note for practical works/projects as required by some subjects such as Visual Arts are to be submitted by 8.50am the morning of the due date).

Penalty for late submission of work (without a valid reason, such as a medical reasons or those involving misadventure) involves the student being penalised 20% for the first day late, 40% if two days late and a score of zero after the second day (noting that weekends count as 2 days). Generally in these circumstances the parent/carer will be informed as a student becomes at risk of moving toward a “N” Determination.

Non-serious attempts for an assessment task or examination are identified at the time of submission or marking stage. They include frivolous or objectionable material. Where the College determines that a student has not made a serious attempt, the student concerned will receive penalties ranging from a zero mark for an individual question to a zero mark for the task or exam in its entirety. In all cases the student will be asked to resubmit any assessment task or part thereof.

Illness and Misadventure

For medical reasons a note from the parent is required to be presented to the class teacher at the earliest possible opportunity along with the assessment task. For Misadventure such as a car breakdown etc. the onus is on the student to prove their case, usually via a parental note. If a student knows that they are going to be away on the day an assessment task is due because of illness then a good practice is to have a responsible person deliver it to the school/teacher in the morning of the due date. In this situation a parental note will then not be required if handed in on the due date.

Failure to sit for an examination without a valid reason will also lead to the awarding of a zero mark. Where a student was absent from an examination due to illness they will have to produce a letter from their parent/carer. For misadventure students will have to produce a letter from their parent/carer proving their case. A date may then be organised for the student to then complete the examination which will in some cases involve an alternate test.

Students are encouraged to ensure that the class teacher signs off that they have received their assessment task on the due date (this will involve the use of the diary).

All students place their academic progress in danger when they do not respond appropriately to the above expectations.

It is incumbent on the parent/carer and the student to inform the College at the earliest possible time of any factors, which may affect a student’s performance.