Assessment


Rules of Internal Assessments

NCEA Student Handbook

Lateness/Extensions:

All work must be handed in on time. Extensions will only be granted by the NCEA Co-ordinator, Mr Jackson, through formal application.   A ‘Request for Time Extension or Date Change for Assessed Work’ form is available from Mrs Sutherland (Secretary for the Deputy Headmasters) or from Mr Jackson, or can be printed by selecting the link below:

Change of Assessment Date Form or Missed Assessment Form

All completed forms must be returned to Mr Jackson.

Appeals:

Students can appeal any grade that they receive.  An Appeal Form can be collected from either Mr Jackson or Mrs Sutherland, or can be printed by selecting the link below:

Assessment Appeal Form

If a student wants to appeal a grade, he is advised to discuss this with his teacher.  As part of the appeal process, he will need to explain why he thinks the work is at the next grade, e.g. it is worth a Merit instead of an Achieved.  The appeal process means that the work will be marked by a different teacher who has expertise in that standard at that level.

Unexpected Absence:

If the absence is unexpected, as in an illness, application must be made within 5 school days after the assessment date. Approval for extensions will be given for illness (with a doctor’s certificate) or family bereavement.

School-sanctioned sports and cultural trips:

School-sanctioned sports and cultural trips, as well as trips with provincial and national teams, need to be applied for at least 5 days before the event. If the student is involved in a national or provincial sports trip part of the process of gaining an extension will be completing the correct leave application forms.

Late work will not be accepted by the teacher unless the above procedure has been completed.

Further Assessment Opportunities:

Students assessed using internal Achievement Standards or Unit Standards have one further assessment opportunity in selected Standards, where they have gained “Not Achieved”. This will only happen if it is practical and possible to do so.

The Achievement/Unit Standards that are available for reassessment will be indicated at the start of the year on the assessment schedule issued by each department.

Students who do not sit the first assessment and do not have an acceptable excuse for their absence will not be permitted further assessment opportunities.

External examination information for students

Streaming and Reclassification

The aim of the 3rd Form mid year reclassification exams is to

  • Ensure that each student is placed in the correct band of classes.
  • Give an opportunity for students to improve if they felt that the initial entrance tests results did not reflect their true ability level.
  • Prepare students for the “Westlake Way” where “PERSONAL EXCELLENCE” in academic work is a priority.
  • Prepare students for the examination system that they will meet in years to come.

How do I know what stream my son is in?

  • For 3rd and 4th Form students the student’s individual timetable has the Band of class on the timetable.
  • The band is printed on the school report at mid year and end of year. The report will give the student’s overall class ranking at the start of the year, as a result of the mid year examinations, and finally in the end of year examinations.

What is the order of the streaming?

3A1 is top class in the 3rd Form

3A2 is the second class in the 3rd Form

3A3 is the third class in the 3rd Form

3A4 is the fourth class in the 3rd Form

3A5 is the fifth class in the 3rd Form

3B1 is the sixth class in the 3rd Form

3B2 is the seventh class in the 3rd Form

3B3 is the eighth class in the 3rd Form

3B4 is the ninth class in the 3rd Form

3B5 is the tenth class in the 3rd Form

3C1 is the eleventh class in the 3rd Form

3C2 is the twelfth class in the 3rd Form

3C3 is the thirteenth class in the 3rd Form

3C4 is the fourteenth class in the 3rd Form

3C5 is the fifteenth class in the 3rd Form

Each class has approximately 30 students in it.

What does a Westlake Reclassification (mid year) report include?

The mid year report will give the percentage exam mark, the median for that subject, the rank of the student in that subject, and an effort grade. The report will also include the initial streamed class students were placed in, and where they now rank as a result of the mid year examinations.

What subjects count towards the “Final Mark”?

The report marks for English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and your son’s language option(s) are used to give the overall rank mark.

The mid-year examinations also count towards class placement in the 4th Form.

Class placement in the 4th Form is based on the following:

  • 33% of the mid year 3rd Form report mark
  • 67% on the end of year 3rd Form report mark

The report mark is a combination of common tests, assignments and examinations. The percentage contribution of each of these elements varies from subject to subject. Please check your son’s course outline which was issued at the start of the year for full details.

How are the classes organised?

Within each band there are a number of different classes.

Each subject within each band is on at exactly the same time. This allows students to study at an appropriate ability level
within that subject.

Any combination within that band of classes is possible.

Example 1:

For example if a student scores a combined total of marks that place him in the A Band, he could be in the

1st class for Mathematics in A Band

3rd class for English

4th class for Science in A Band

2nd class for Social Studies in A Band

Any combination is possible within these classes, the only criterion considered being the ability level within each subject area.

Example 2:

If the student is in Band B it is possible for him to study in the

4th class for Mathematics in B Band

7th class for English

1st class for Science in B Band

2nd class for Social Studies in B Band

Example 3:

If the student is in Band C it is possible for him to study at a level in any subject that matches his peers if his academic performance allows this to occur.

For example if a student scores a combined total of marks that place him in the C Band he could be in the

4th class for Mathematics in the C Band

10th class for English

1st class for Science in C Band

2nd class for Social Studies in C Band

Note:
In English all classes are on at the same time, which means any combination of English courses is possible so a student in the Form 3 A Band could be getting the assistance he needs in the appropriate English class.
The table below gives the full timetable organisation of classes at 3rd Form level

The subject Codes are:

3ENX English at an advanced level 3ENG English at 3rd Form (Year 9) level
3MAX Mathematics at an advanced level 3MAT Mathematics at 3rd Form (Year 9) level
3SCX Science at an advanced level 3SCI Science at 3rd Form (Year 9) level
3SSX Social Studies at an advanced level 3SST Social Studies at 3rd Form (Year 9) level

An extra class in Maths and English is placed in the timetable to lower the class sizes in Maths and English, and to assist students achieve numeracy and literacy requirements.

Band Subject
A 3ENX 1 3MAX 1 3SCX 1 3SSX 1
A 3ENG 1 3MAT 1 3SCI 1 3SST 1
A 3ENG 2 3MAT 2 3SCI 2 3SST 2
A 3ENG 3 3MAT 3 3SCI 3 3SST 3
A 3ENG 4 3MAT 4 3SCI 4 3SST 4
B 3ENG 5 3MAT 1 3SCI 1 3SST 1
B 3ENG 6 3MAT 2 3SCI 2 3SST 2
B 3ENG 7 3MAT 3 3SCI 3 3SST 3
B 3ENG 8 3MAT 4 3SCI 4 3SST 4
B 3ENG 9 3MAT 5 3SCI 5 3SST 5
C 3ENG 10 3MAT 1 3SCI 1 3SST 1
C 3ENG 11 3MAT 2 3SCI 2 3SST 2
C 3ENG 12 3MAT 3 3SCI 3 3SST 3
C 3ENG 13 3MAT 4 3SCI 4 3SST 4
C 3ENG 14 3MAT 5 3SCI 5 3SST 5
3ENG 15

What is the Academic Institute?

If the student has a high level of academic ability he can be placed in the Academic Institute. These classes are coded with an X at the end of the subject code for example 3ENX. These classes receive extension work beyond what is the norm in the A Band classes. The Academic Institute occurs in two distinct areas (a) Mathematics and Science (b) Social Studies and English. It is possible to be part of the Academic Institute in all four subjects listed previously.