At Staughton College we believe in using assessment to inform the teaching and learning that happens in our classrooms. Our teachers regularly conduct assessment of student learning and use this data to plan the intended learning for each individual student. Students are given the opportunity to reflect on the assessment of their learning and, during conferencing with their teacher, set a challenging yet achievable learning goal.

Throughout the school year students and their families receive an Interim Report in each term, which shows their learning progress and attitudes to learning. Interim reports provide an indication of the areas where students are doing well, and the areas on which to focus for improvement. In addition, students and their families receive two End of Semester reports that show learning progress against the Victorian Curriculum Achievement Standards and attitudes to learning.

At Staughton College we value effort, learning growth and student improvement. To assess students’ learning growth in literacy and numeracy, we conduct PAT testing once a year. PAT Reading and PAT Maths are standardised, adaptive tests that determine the level of understanding and skill achievement in these two areas. Our focus for PAT is the learning growth students have achieved. We value and celebrate the effort of students who have shown learning growth regardless of their starting level. PAT data is used by teachers across the school to help plan lessons that are aimed at the right level for each student. PAT data is also used to support pathways counselling for our Year Ten cohort as they progress into their senior years at the college. By targeting instruction where each student is ready to learn, we provide students the opportunity to engage in productive challenges to achieve success and demonstrate learning growth.

There are four Parent Teacher Student Conferences held throughout the school year. These events provide students and their families the opportunity to conference with classroom teachers about learning progress. We encourage all students to be reflective learners and attend Parent Teacher Student Conferences to set a learning goal with their classroom teacher.