Formal Assessments in which students participate include:
Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (PIPS)
The PIPS On-Entry Assessment is administered by the University of Western Australia and conducted in all Western Australian Catholic schools. This is an assessment of the literacy and numeracy knowledge and progress of Pre-Primary students.
The Observation Survey of Early Literacy Achievement is administered to Year 1 and 2 students. The systematic observation tasks help teachers to observe, through a series of tasks, young children’s early literacy behaviours. The observation survey provides easy-to-read accounts of individual progress made by students between two specific points in time.
Early Numeracy Interview (ENI)
The Early Numeracy Interview is an assessment tool consisting of a series of hands-on assessment tasks where students demonstrate mathematical understanding and preferred strategies for solving increasingly complex tasks. This assessment is used by teachers in a one-on-one interview situation to determine students’ existing mathematical knowledge in relation to points of growth. Analysis of the responses provides teachers with valuable information to use when planning to meet student leaning needs.
National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)
Since 2008, the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) has assessed all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 on the same days using national tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy. For more information please visit the ACARA website.
Pat Maths and Pat R Reading
Students at St Columba’s complete whole school testing each year using the PAT R test in Reading and Pat Maths to monitor progress and provide teachers with valuable information to enable planning, assessment and evaluation.