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

Reclassification, Reporting and Streaming

Year 9 and 10

The aim of the Year 9 and 10 Mid-Year Reclassification exams is to

  • Give feedback of the progress made during the year.
  • To indicate the next steps in learning.
  • 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 test results, or the marks gained in Year 9, 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.

Year 9 and 10 Reclassification Examinations (Mid-Year Examinations)

Class changes will occur if:

  • If your son’s overall results improve (yellow arrows) or deteriorate (blue arrows) significantly.
  • Year 9 and Year 10 this can occur after the Mid-Year Examinations, and at the start of the Year, for Year 10 students (based on the results from Year 9).

The marks in the following subjects are used for reclassification after the Mid Year Examinations;

  • In Year 9 report marks for English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and your son’s language option(s) are used to give the overall rank mark.
  • In Year 10 report marks for English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and your son’s selected option(s) are used to give the overall rank mark.

How do I know what stream my son is in?

  • Year 9 and 10 the student’s Band of class on is available through both the student and parent portal. https://portal.westlake.school.nz/
  • The movement that occurs as a result of changes in academic performance is printed on the school report at Mid-Year and End of Year.
  • The End of Year report will give the student’s overall class ranking at the start of the year, then as a result of the Mid-Year examinations, and finally as a result of the End of Year Examinations.

What is the order of the streaming?

9A1 is top class in Year 9

9A2 is the second class in Year 9

9A3 is the third class in Year 9

9A4 is the fourth class in Year 9

9A5 is the fifth class in Year 9

9A6 is the sixth class in Year 9

9BX1 is the seventh class in Year 9

9BX2 is the eighth class in Year 9

9BX3 is the ninth class in Year 9

9BX4 is the tenth class in Year 9

9BY1 is the eleventh class in Year 9

9BY2 is the twelfth class in Year 9

9BY3 is the thirteenth class in Year 9

9BY4 is the fourteenth class in Year 9

9C1 is the fifteenth class in Year 9

9C2 is the Sixteenth class in Year 9

9C3 is the Seventeenth class in Year 9

9C4 is the Eighteenth class in Year 9

10A1 is top class in Year 10

10A2 is the second class in Year 10

10A3 is the third class in Year 10

10A4 is the fourth class in Year 10

10A5 is the fifth class in Year 10

10A6 is the sixth class in Year 10

10BX1 is the seventh class in Year 10

10BX2 is the eighth class in Year 10

10BX3 is the ninth class in Year 10

10BX4 is the tenth class in Year 10

10BY1 is the eleventh class in Year 10

10BY2 is the twelfth class in Year 10

10BY3 is the thirteenth class in Year 10

10BY4 is the fourteenth class in Year 10

10C1 is the fifteenth class in Year 10

10C2 is the Sixteenth class in Year 10

10C3 is the Seventeenth class in Year 10

10C4 is the Eighteenth class in Year 10

What does a Westlake report include?

The Mid Year and End of Year reports will give grade (Not Achieved, Achieved, Merit or Excellence), a comment on the next learning steps and an effort grade.

The report uses an eight-point scale. Grades are allocated at four different levels, and each level is split into two: achievement and high level achievement at that level. The scale is represented in the table below.

This is the mark schedule that will be used by all staff.

Mark Mark awarded Progress Indicator
Not yet achieving 1 A result at this level indicates that “the student” is making progress towards achieving in the course.
Not yet achieving: high 2
Achieved 3 A result at this level indicates that “the student” is achieving at the expected curriculum level.
Achieved: high 4
Merit 5 A result at this level indicates that “the student” is achieving above the expected curriculum level.
Merit: high 6
Excellence 7 A result at this level indicates that “the student” is achieving well above the expected curriculum level.
Excellence: high 8

We expect the majority of our students to achieve results at Merit or Excellence level by the time they reach Year 11, at which point they will be sitting NCEA Level 1 (Level 6 in the New Zealand Curriculum). Our results over the last few years indicate that consistently over 60% of students attending Westlake Boys High School will achieve their Level 1 NCEA award “Endorsed with Merit”.

It is important that your son strives for personal excellence by improving his grades to reach the levels indicated above.

All Year 10 students will complete a range of NCEA Level 1 assessments.

  • If a student is in the extension pathway, he is expected to be working at Excellence level, and he will be sitting both Internal and External NCEA standards in Year 10.
  • All other Year 10 students will complete some NCEA Level 1 Internally assessed standards.

Full details on assessments are available by clicking the link below then selecting the relevant course

http://course.westlake.school.nz/

What subjects count towards the “Final Mark”?

In Year 9 report marks for English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and your son’s language option(s) are used to give the overall rank mark.

In Year 10 report marks for English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and your son’s selected option(s) are used to give the overall rank mark.

Class placement in Year 10

Is based on combining the following grades:

  • 33% of the Mid Year Report Grade from Year 9
  • 67% of the End of Year Report Grade from Year 9

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.

The class rank listed on the end of year report in Year 9 can only be used as an indication as to the likely class placement in Year 10.

How are the classes organised?

Within each band there are a number of different classes.

Any combination within that band of classes is possible.

Example 1 a student in the A Band:

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 the A Band
  • 3rd class for English in the A Band
  • 4th class for Science in the A Band
  • 2nd class for Social Studies in the A Band

Any combination is possible within these classes, the only criterion considered being the ability level within each subject area. The first 3 classes in the A Band are extension classes (for further information on extension pathways use the link below).

https://www.westlake.school.nz/docs/academic/Extension-pathways-presentation-2017.pdf

Example 2 a student in the B Band: This information refers to both the BX and BY Bands

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

  • 4th class for Mathematics in B Band
  • 3rd class for English in the B Band
  • 1st class for Science in B Band
  • 2nd class for Social Studies in B Band

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

Example 3 a student in the C Band:

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

  • 4th class for Mathematics in the C Band
  • 2nd class for English in the C Band
  • 1st class for Science in C Band
  • 2nd class for Social Studies in C Band