National Standards at MHP
The National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics provide signposts that give teachers, students, parents, families and whanau a clear idea of where students are at in their learning and what they have to do next.
The National Standards documents provide a nationally consistent means for considering, explaining, and responding to students’ progress and achievement in years 1 – 8. It helps teachers and schools make informed decisions about where our learners are, and what our next targets for their learning should be.
Reporting to parents and caregivers
Since 2010, Year 1 to 6 students at Mission Heights Primary (MHP) are assessed in relation to the National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics. Teachers report to parents, families and whanau in writing at least twice a year on their child’s progress and achievement in these areas, in relation to the National Standards.
Upon entering school, learners will need to attend school for 12 months, before being measured against the standard for the first year of school. This will happen for the first three years. Following this all students will be measured at the end of each year level.
English Language Learners will not be measured against the National Standards until they have achieved an appropriate level of academic English to be able to communicate their ideas.
How National Standards fit with MHP’s vision
We use the National Standards to help teachers to make judgements about their students’ progress, so that the students and their teachers, parents, families, and whanau can agree on the next learning goals.
Other reporting including goal setting meetings in Term 1, 3 way learning conferences in Term 2, summative and end of year e-reports and informal and formal teacher observation in class testing also contribute to student achievement or reporting data. These reports rely on a wider set of data and observations as they include the necessary assessment of the key competencies and core literacies. These methods fulfil our commitment to provide innovative, holistic and personalised learning opportunities to enable students’ all round development to be confident, active, reflective and high achieving independent learners, as students will have a good understanding of where they are achieving and where they need to head to next.
Assessment at MHP
The term ‘assessment’ refers to the processes of gathering, recording, analysing, interpreting and using data about student’s achievement. Assessment processes, both formative (on-going) and summative (end-point), are viewed as a critical component in the school’s facilitation of learning and achievement for all students.
At Mission Heights Primary School the primary purpose of Assessment is to improve students’ learning and teachers’ teaching in response to the information that assessment provides.
We believe that effective assessment supports teaching and learning goals, involves and benefits students, is planned, communicated and fair.
Types of Assessment
Teachers assess students’ learning every day by observing students’ responses to tasks (either oral or written). Throughout the term and year other types of assessment are undertaken, such as e-AsTTle (for reading, writing and maths); PROBE and PM Benchmarks (reading); and GLOS and Basic facts tests (maths). These assessment tools help teachers form OTJ’s (over all teacher judgements) about each student and how they are progressing towards the curriculum expectations.